Presidential elections: early voting has begun

Early voting has started this October 24,2020  as Americans have to choose between Republican president Donald Trump and former Democrat  vice – President Joseph Biden to be their president for the next four years to come. New Yorkers in the Bronx have voted at the family court one of early  voting places in the city and   where a long line has formed, and people have come across the borough to cast their vote.

This election is a must – win matter for both Democrats and Republicans as more challenges are ahead of us. It is also a must – win for each of us as our well- being depends on that. Do not be a simple contemplator. Just go and cast your vote if you are eligible to vote.

“Your vote is your voice and we want to ensure all eligible New Yorkers are heard in this election,” the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs said.

organizations like College and Community Fellowship have understood the importance of voting. As Bronx citizens were casting their vote, members of the organization were protesting across the street  against voter suppression.

You have the right to vote,  knowing your rights is most important.

Know Your Rights:

  • In any election, you have a right to be assisted by any person of your choice (except your employer or union representative), including a trained poll worker, if you need help to vote.
  • If you need an interpreter, interpreters are available to assist voters at selected sites.
  • The New York City Board of Elections provides language assistance in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bengali, Punjabi, or Hindi at select City poll sites. Call 866-VOTE-NYC for information about which poll sites have language assistance available and for which languages.
  • The Civic Engagement Commission is providing language assistance in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Urdu, Yiddish at selected poll sites on October 31, November 1 and November 3. To check which poll sites and languages, go to: 

As your vote matters, your life matters during this covid – 19. When you go to vote be aware of your safety.

Vote Safely During COVID-19:

  • When voting, follow our most important prevention steps.
  • If voting in person, follow simple precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: 
    • Wear a face covering. Face coverings are required to enter all polling sites. Protect those around you and wear a face-covering correctly (over your nose and mouth).
    • Practice healthy hand hygiene. Polling sites will provide hand sanitizer, and you can also bring your own. Use hand sanitizer before and after touching any shared surfaces and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after you get home. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
    • Practice physical distancing. Polling places will be set up to ensure physical distancing. Follow instructions and stay at least 6 feet away from others while at your polling site.
    • Avoid long lines and crowds. If you can,vote early before Election Dayor go when your voting center is less busy, usually mid-morning or early afternoon.
    • Stay home if you are sick.Voting is important, but it’s more important that you get well and keep New Yorkers safe!

  It is also your right to know the key dates.

Key Dates:

  • October 24th-November 1st: Early Voting – Find your early voting polling place at nyc.
  • October 27: Last day to request an absentee ballot online.
  • or by mail, email, phone or fax. If you’d like to vote by mail, make sure to request it ASAP at comotherwise it may not arrive on time.  
  • November 3:Election Day (6am-9pm). Find your Election Day polling place at nyc. Last day to mail in your absentee ballot or deliver your absentee ballot in person to your borough’s Board of Elections office.

By: Bazona Barnabe Bado

 

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