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Here’s What You Need to Know About Election Day

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Hanksy/Orchard Street at Division Street.
Hanksy/Orchard Street at Division Street.

Here’s something a divided nation can agree on: We’ll all be elated when Election Day has finally come and gone tomorrow.

New York is, of course, not a swing state. A Siena College Research Institute poll released yesterday, showed Hillary Clinton with a 17-point lead over Donald Trump. But your vote counts just the same, so here’s what you need to know.

If you don’t know your polling location, Click on this link and type in your address.  Polls are open 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Besides the presidential contest, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is up for re-election and is widely expected to coast to an easy victory.  Different parts of the Lower East Side are located in two congressional districts. In the 7th Congressional District, Rep. Nydia Velazquez is being challenged by Republican Allen Romaguera. In the 12th Congressional District, Rep. Carolyn Maloney faces off against Republican Robert Ardini.

At the state level, Yuh-Line Niou is on the ballot as the Democratic nominee in the 65th Assembly District (it’s Sheldon Silver’s former seat). Republican Brian Jung, Alice Cancel (running on the Women’s Equality Party line) and Manny Cavaco are also listed on the ballot. In the 74th Assembly District, incumbent Brian Kavanagh faces challenges from Republican Frank Scala and Green party Candidate Scott Hutchins. State Sen. Daniel Squadron is running unopposed.

You’ll also find a slate of judges on you local ballot, but they are all running unopposed. If you’re curious about why that’s the case, check out this story from WNYC.

If you experience any difficulty voting tomorrow, contact the New York State Attorney General’s office at 800-771-7755 or email: civil.rights@ag.ny.gov.


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