Final day of early voting in NYC as candidates vie for undecided voters

New York Elections

NEW YORK — Sunday marks the final day for New Yorkers to vote early and in-person before Election Day on Tuesday.

In New York City, polls were open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Your early voting polling site may not be the same location where you normally vote in general elections. There are between 10 and 32 early voting locations, depending on the borough you live in. 

To find your early voting polling site, click here.

Upper East Side resident Ann Marie Racovic cast her ballot at the Met, joining other early voters in getting a head start on deciding who should lead the way.  

“It’s so important. It determines everything As a New Yorker you need to make sure your vote is out into trusted hands and I feel like that’s what I did,” said Racovic.

Anyone who could not vote on Sunday can still do so at their regular polling site on Tuesday.

Nearly 135,000 people cast their ballot during the first eight days of early voting in the city, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

Voters are deciding who they want to run a host of citywide and borough-based positions, including public advocate, comptroller and borough president.

Most notably, New Yorkers are poised to elect a new mayor to replace Bill de Blasio, who is term-limited.

Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa and Democratic challenger Eric Adams were out campaigning in full-force on Saturday. 

Sporting a sling on his arm, Sliwa spoke to supporters in Manhattan. The mayoral hopeful was hit by a yellow taxi cab on Friday while on his way to a media interview and suffered a fractured arm.

Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels street patrol group, promised the city would be much safer with him as mayor than with Adams at the helm. More police and a tougher stance on crime are some of his key issues. He also wants to do away with New York City’s vaccine mandates.

“The health care workers who’ve been fired, the teachers, and now they’re coming after the Fire Department and police and sanitation workers and what I told the crowd is, we’ve all got to come together. We gotta roll back those mandates. It’s so inhumane,” said Sliwa. “Can you say things have improved? Hell no. They’ve destroyed this city and now they want to take it out on the civil servants.”

Over in Far Rockaway, Queens, Adams told a crowd at a rally that moving New York City forward is his main priority. Increases in education and opportunities for those in poverty are some of the priorities touted by the Brooklyn borough president.

“We must agree that foundationally, we must end inequality, have a city we can raise healthy children and families and be safe and a city where we allow to watch people move to the middle class where dignity is not living on the streets,” said Adams. “Winners want the ball when the game is on the line. We want the ball, we are ready to win this for New York.”

Both men present themselves as a mayor for the common person, and recent polls show Adams in the lead. Despite that, Adams said he has no plans to celebrate early.

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