Election Day Here
November 4th 2008 at 12 noon, 6 pm and 10 pm / Sunnyside Queens / Elections in NYC / Gotham Buzz NYC..
Well, after almost two years of campaigning, decision day 2008 is finally here. Now it's our turn to decide who the 'decider' will be. Local, state and federal elections are being held Tuesday November 4th.
Poll Site Locator
To find your poll site, click the following New York City poll site locator. I was disappointed that on Monday, November 3rd the city's helpline - 311 - was unable to answer our calls for voting information. I suppose the upside is that they attributed their inadequacy to higher than average call volume. The polls are open from 6 am to 9 pm on election day.
Heading For Record Voter Turn Out
The borough and the nation appear to be headed for record voter turnout. Lines at all of the polling places in Queens that we visited were reporting much higher than average participation. Lines started early in the morning and continued into midday [see photos below]. While the polls didn't open until 6 am, people started lining up at 5.30 am in the 25th District in Sunnyside. A senior woman commented that she'd "never seen itlike this". While she's been around here a lot longer than I, my sentiments were the same.
Primary Vs General Election
Last Spring when I went to the polls after the morning rush, I took a photo of the election workers who, along with me, were the only people present. Note the 'before' phot taken during the Primary in February of 2008 [above] and the 'after' photos taken during this general election on November 4th [photo to the left and below]. This section of the story was written the morning of the election.
The next section was written the evening of the election. Click here for 2008 Election NYC / NYS.
Long Lines Formed Early, Then Tapered Off As Record Numbers Voted
November 4th 2008 at 12 noon, 6 pm and 10 pm / Sunnyside Queens / Elections in NYC / Gotham Buzz NYC.
While it was quite busy this morning, the voter lines seemed to have tapered off this evening. We did a quick swing around the Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods at both 6 pm and 9 pm and the voter waiting lines didn't appear to be very long. When we queried poll workers, they said it had been busy and steady all day long.
So if you hadn't voted early, you wouldn't have had to worry about long lines later. It seems people voted early and steadily through the day. The photos on this page were taken at the 25th and 26th precincts in the morning.
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