By Jeff French Segall
The New York City Board of Elections has extended voting hours on a few days, adding a total of nine extra hours from Friday through Sunday. The new hours are below.
The new hours for those days are:
Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We talked to nine people who waited to vote at West Side High School on 102nd this week. On Tuesday, people started lining up before 8 a.m., even though polls didn’t open until noon. Here’s why the people we talked to thought it was so important to vote this year.
Emma: This is the first time I can vote. I’ve been looking forward to this for so long. I think it’s so important for me to vote and for people of my generation to vote because of climate change especially, and I can see what failing leadership does on a national scale versus leadership in New York City for the covid crisis – it shows what the future could look like – what climate change will look like and the crisis it will lead to. I am voting for my generation.”
Mother: “I agree with what Emma said.”
Tony: If you don’t vote your choice is out the window. If you make a conscious decision you make things happen the way you want them to happen
Jay: I think it’s important to participate and to be part of the process.
Jenny: “Things that are decided legislatively affect the most resource-denied people in the culture and if you don’t vote and don’t pay attention, those people suffer.”
Ed Finnegan and his wife: “President Trump has got to go. I think I would vote for a tree stump if it were running against him. It’s important to get a Democrat back in.”
Jake and Leila: “This is not a dictatorship.”