Here’s a strange scene right out of the Big Apple about a week and change out from Election Day — hundreds of people lined around city blocks to vote in person at the first opportunity available.
The first day of early, in-person voting started Saturday in NYC … and a WHOLE LOT of New Yorkers were eager to get out the vote the good old-fashioned way — namely, standing in line for hours in chilly weather, just to cast their ballot and make sure it went through.
The good news … many of them (we’d say the vast majority) are wearing face coverings and appear to be social distancing as best they can out there. The weird part … just seeing the throngs of bodies insistent on voting in person, when voting by mail is an easier option and has actually been encouraged.
It’s interesting … the sheer number of people who seem dead set on exercising their right in this fashion — especially during a pandemic, and especially in a place that used to be the epicenter of said pandemic. In our minds, it speaks to a couple of things happening.
For one, President Trump has waged a war against mail-in voting (and voting in general) … constantly sowing doubt about the legitimacy of the process, suggesting voter fraud is rampant and even stripping down the Post Office from the inside out, via a lack of funding and a new Post Master General — who’s implemented a lot of what Trump’s demanded.
We’ve seen reports of mailboxes being yanked out of the ground and sorting machines sidelined … not to mention long delays in mail delivery, so people have reason to worry.
Regardless, it’s great to see people voting no matter what … and being relatively safe about it. The moment of truth is upon us.