In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers are still a bit shaken. Knowing how most people in New York operate, this won’t stop people from getting out to vote. In New York, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Today, Governor Cuomo is allowing New Yorkers to vote at any polling station, with a paper affidavit ballot, because of displacements due to Hurricane Sandy.
President Obama is the favorite in NY; it’s anticipated that he will win the 29 electoral votes, in a traditionally Democratic state. This does not mean the race has already been won. It was reported that there have been lengthy lines in New York since the polls opened. Even Mayor Bloomberg waited on line for an hour to vote this morning on the Upper East Side.
The Senate race already has a clear front-runner. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is edging out Republican opponent Wendy Long with 63.9 percent to Long’s 24 percent.
Official voting information for NY via The New York Times:
In New York City, visit vote.nyc.ny.us, call (212) 868-3692, or text NYCVOTES to 877-877.
In the rest of the state, call (800) 367-8683 or contact your county board of elections; a list can be found at www.elections.ny.gov/CountyBoards.html.
With a tumultuous last few days, the voter turn out is expected to be lower than past years. Still, as frustration brews, this is a chance for New Yorkers to vote for someone who will bring change. Get out and vote!
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9:13 p.m. Senator Gillibrand officially wins New York for her first full term!
9:08 p.m. Kirsten Gillibrand is now the projected winner of the NY Senate race.
9:04 p.m. President Obama is the projected winner for New York. NY has 29 electoral votes.
8:06 p.m. Obama takes the lead in the electoral vote!
6:37 p.m. Tonight is undoubtably going to be a night of surprises. Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast mentions two key states that are special to this election:
"There are two states that could speak volumes. Wisconsin, with its 10 electoral votes, should have been an easy Obama state, but it is also Paul Ryan’s home turf; if any part of the president’s Midwestern firewall were to fall, it could be Wisconsin. The other is Colorado, a true swing state that both sides need. An Obama loss in Colorado would probably signal weakness in similar battlegrounds."
5:00 p.m. Two hours until the VA polls close.
4:23 p.m. Don't get fooled by the exit polls via Wonkblog:
"At their best, exit polls give election junkies an early sense of how the American electorate is leaning. At their worst, their data can be incomplete and misleading. Early exit polls don’t always capture the full picture of who is voting; supposed “leaks” are often inaccurate."