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Election Day 2020: Polling sites in Manhattan not very crowded

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In the lead-up to Tuesday, Election Day, there were numerous reports of absurdly long lines at polling stations across New York City.

I had the opportunity today to explore Manhattan and visit some of its polling sites.

What I found was that, during the daytime, there were zero people waiting in line at nearly all the locations that I was able to visit, with the few exceptions only having two or three voters waiting in line. This, however, was very likely due to it being before 5pm, the time when people typically get off work and school, and the fact that New York was very aggressive in urging people to vote early.

My time being limited, the parts of town that I visited were Midtown East, the area south of Washington Square Park, the area north of WSP but south of Union Square, and then the edge of East Harlem and the Upper East Side. I recognize that the situation in these areas of the city may likely not reflect the situation in other parts of the city, especially the outer boroughs where the electorate is more racially diverse.

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I let some time pass after 5pm to see if any long lines formed at polling stations. What I found baffled me.

At every single site I visited in the evening, there were zero voters in line. Every single one of them. When I inquired about the situation throughout all of today, they all had the same answer: There were extremely few voters that came.

When I asked why they thought fewer people showed up today, each of them came to the conclusion that so many New Yorkers chose to vote early. More likely than not, this titanic amount of early voters in New York took the pressure off of polling sites today, which isn’t the most far-fetched conclusion as theories go during this wacky election cycle.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden’s 60 Minutes Interview Horrifies White House: ‘Does NOT Reflect the OFFICIAL Position’

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Uh oh. Someone let President Joe Biden speak by himself again and damage control immediately ensued. President Joe Biden’s “60 Minutes” interview which aired on CBS Sunday was 60 minutes of pure torture for viewers and 60 minutes of pure angst for the White House; everyone but the president himself.

60 Minutes’ official Twitter account publicly called out the President’s answers with an embarrassing statement that his own administration was in disagreement with him:

“President Biden tells 60 Minutes that U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the vent of a Chinese invasion. However, after our interview, a White House official told us that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed.”

CBS’ Scott Pelley also discussed inflation; an issue drastically affecting the welfare and wellbeing of families. Biden deflected with zero sympathy:

As for President Biden’s son Joe, he is sticking with the narrative that Hunter is the “smartest” person he knows and that “there’s not a single thing that I’ve observed at all that would affect me or the United States relative to my son Hunter.”

Biden also said that while the “proof of the pudding is in the eating” in response to being asked if he is fit to be President, Biden did not commit to saying whether or not he will run for re-election. His “intention” is to run again, “but that’s just intention” he said. “Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”

 

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