The scene in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon was a far cry from that of November, when lines stretched blocks as more than 1.1 million people cast early ballots in the presidential election.
Instead, voters were able to walk right into polling sites only to emerge minutes later.
Wait-time maps showed delays of less than 20 minutes across the city, which could be a sign of disinterest from New Yorkers who opted to spend their summer Sunday blowing off steam in a mostly reopened city with temperatures forecast to hit almost 90 degrees.
A few masked New Yorkers trickled down the escalators at Hudson Yards, wearing “I Voted Early” stickers as a handful of canvassers lined the sidewalks. The employees of nearby restaurants said the last couple of days of early voting had been quiet, though occasionally they fielded questions from New Yorkers asking where to go.
Katie Knoll was one of the voters who turned up on Sunday. “Hopefully by voting early I can relieve some of the pressure on” Tuesday, Ms. Knoll, 26, said. Sustainability and the environment are among the issues most important to her, she explained. No candidate stood out to her as a front-runner.
Rene Moya said he noticed signs for early voting at Hudson Yards yesterday while out grocery shopping and was lured by the convenience of it — he lives close by. Mr. Moya, who works as a project manager, said quality of life issues, including crime, were priorities for him. While he was cycling yesterday, someone blocked a bike lane and tried throwing punches at him, he said.
Mr. Moya, 49, voted for Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley as his top two candidates. Ms. Garcia “is going to know what she is doing,” he said, and Ms. Wiley impressed him after her performance in the second debate.
Men have had their time in charge, he added, and it was time for a woman to take the reigns.
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