22 THE QUEENS COURIER • NOVEMBER 5, 2020 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
Thanking our poll workers
Th e ninth and fi nal day of early
voting in the 2020 general election
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Story: Elmhurst Hospital frontline workers honored
for heroism during COVID-19 pandemic
Summary: A group of doctors, nurses and staff who
served on the front lines and displayed “heroism
and humanity” during the dark early period of
COVID-19 were honored with a $100,000 grant from
the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
Reach: 3,482 (as of 11/2/20)
in New York City saw an
important milestone reached
less than two hours aft er the
polls opened on Nov. 1.
Th e millionth New Yorker
came in just before 9 a.m. to
cast their vote in the all-important
presidential election and
other down-ballot races. It is
an achievement worth celebrating,
considering the incredible
turnout in only the second-ever
early voting period of a New
York general election.
Last fall, in an off -year with
no major contests on the line,
only a little more than 60,000
New Yorkers turned up for the
fi rst-ever early voting period.
Sixty-thousand in nine days.
Th e fi rst day of early voting on
Oct. 24 of this year had doubled
the turnout of last year’s entire
period — and the turnout only
went up from there.
With 88 early voting sites designated
across New York’s fi ve
boroughs, the average number
of voters per site was 11,364
over a nine-day period. Many
polling locations, naturally, far
exceeded that average — and
despite reports of long lines
early on, the voters persisted
and made sure their voice was
Th e operations also improved
as the week went on, and reports
of those long lines dwindled
precipitously. Th at won’t quell
the calls to reform the Board of
Elections, which is long overdue
for reform anyway — but
it’s time to give credit where
Many, many thanks are in
order to the poll workers who
labored over the early voting
period to help people fulfi ll
their civic duties. Th ough they
were each compensated for their
service, they could have done
something else with their time
— but instead, they chose to
mask up and help our democracy
perform its most basic yet
most important function.
Our thanks are also off ered
to the plethora of poll workers
who converged at the more
than 14,000 regular polling
stations across New York on
Tuesday, Nov. 3, to help voters
cast their Election Day ballots.
We wouldn’t have accomplished
what we have over the last two
weeks without their help as the
results of the free and fair election
Photo by Dean Moses
We have the dedicated poll workers to thank for their help during the record early voting period and a smooth Election Day.