New York, The United States congresswoman of Puerto Rican origin Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined the long lines this Sunday to cast an early vote in The Bronx (New York) and later encouraged her fellow citizens to go to the polls. in advance of the presidential elections on November 3.
“I want my vote to be counted the night the polling stations close and for that, you have to go in person to vote in advance; if you can’t, send it by mail or deliver it to the Electoral Board ”, claimed Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most popular progressives in the Democratic Party, who voted for Joe Biden, to local media.
The young Latina congresswoman and the child of Sergio Ocasio said that voting is a “privilege and an honor” and was proud to see “the tide of young people who are going to the polls”, but also criticized the long waits of up to four hours to vote not only in New York, which offered this option for the first time in a presidential election but in the entire country.
“There is no place in the US where waiting 2, 3, 4 hours is acceptable. Just because it occurs in a blue state does not mean that it is not voted suppression (…). If this happened in a hinge state, there would be national coverage ”, explained the policy after voting in Parkchester, in the Bronx, a neighborhood with a majority of workers and immigrants.
“But I am delighted to see so many people overcoming this injustice and waiting, bringing supplies to the community, food … We are going to overcome this obstacle to elect people who will ensure that this is not an obstacle in the future,” he said.
Before leaving for the Pelham Parkway area to encourage residents to vote early in the afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged that the suppression of the vote can be “intentional or unintentional”, but maintained that “if the line is so long that you cannot vote, that is a deprivation of rights ”.
The state of New York began yesterday its early voting period in person, which will last until November 1 and which had a massive reception especially in the overcrowded Big Apple, where lines were seen throughout the day in the vicinity of the 88 polling stations located in the five districts.
According to the local Electoral Board, on that first day, 93,000 people deposited their ballots in advance in New York City alone, while there is still no data available at the state level.
In the state of New York, there are about 12 million registered voters for these elections, facing Democrat Joe Biden and the current president, Republican Donald Trump.
The US Elections Project platform, led by Professor Michael McDonald, this Sunday counted almost 58.9 million early votes across the country, between in-person and sent by mail, not yet including New York data.