Midterm Election: Long Island residents take advantage of early voting
Long Island residents are taking advantage of early voting for the midterm election.
Many lined up in the morning outside West Islip Community Center, one of 54 early voting locations across the Island.
“I think it's an advantage if you can do early voting and you know, to get out there and do it. This is a big election,” said Maureen McKay of West Babylon.
Some voters who spoke with News 12 said their primary concerns are crime and inflation.
“Go to the grocery store and you'll see. You get your receipt and you come out with one tiny little bag, and you've paid double or triple the prices. It's ridiculous,” said Nancy Barrett of West Islip.
Voters will be electing congressional leaders and state senators in their respective districts. They’ll also be casting their ballots in the race for governor between Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin. A recent poll shows Gov. Hochul holds 6% lead.
“As we get closer to Election Day, more and more people are determining their vote on their quality of life based on crime and inflation issues. That is helping the Republicans for sure,” said political analyst Mike Dawidziak.
Though the election’s outcome is still unclear, voters in West Islip say it's important to exercise your right to vote regardless of party affiliation.
“It's our voices and we have to be heard. If you don't come out and vote, shame on you,” said James Sagl.
Early voting runs through Nov. 6, giving voters a chance to get to the polls ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8.