14 OCTOBER 29, 2020 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Over 40,000 voters turn out
Voters way in line to cast their ballots early at LaGuardia Community College on Sunday, Oct. 25. Photos by Dean Moses
BY JACOB KAYE
More than 40,270 Queens residents
cast their ballots for the
2020 election season this past
weekend, the fi rst two days of early
voting in New York City.
The 18 early voting sites in Queens
were marked by long lines and a
general mistrust of voting by mail.
But at the same time, the lines, which
often saw wait times upwards of two
hours, were packed with enthusiastic
voters, excited to practice their
most fundamental civic duty during
the historic first weekend of early
“We see it as our duty to vote,”
said Betty Vasquez-Stevens, a voter
casting her ballot at Queens College
told QNS. “We have that right and we
wanted to exercise that right.”
Vasquez-Stevens and her husband,
James Stevens, have made a tradition
of bringing their sons to the polls,
hoping to get them involved in political
life at an early age. Practicing
the right to vote, they said, has never
been more important.
Expecting others to feel the same
way, the Vasquez-Stevens family
thought early voting would be a good
way to avoid the crowds on Nov. 3,
the day of the general election.
“We wanted to get it in early and not
just wait for the maddens of actual
The Obusan family outside the early voting site at LaGuardia Community College.