Whether they were on their way to work or running errands, Richmond Hill residents stopped by their polling sites in Tuesday’s midterm elections to cast their ballots.
Voters made their way into P.S. 90 Horace Mann — located at 86-50 109th St. — which had a higher voter turnout as opposed to the previous election, according to Poll Coordinator Jeffrey P.
“We’ve seen more people come in for this one, and am pretty sure there will be more later on in the evening after work,” Jeffrey said. “So far, we’ve had about 86 votes since 6 a.m. People are coming and going.”
So far, voting has been smooth at the polling site, where poll workers are waiting to assist voters with their ballots containing written instructions.
As she walked out with her sticker, Jasmine H. said she voted for “fairness and equality for everyone.”
Angela M. said every vote counts, and people should come out if they want to change things for the better in the country.
Meanwhile, just five blocks down at P.S. 56, located at 86-10 114th St., poll workers counted 200 votes since 6 a.m.
Richard Iritano, a French, Chinese and Spanish language interpreter, said they have seen a steady stream of voters since the polls opened.
“For the primary, there was less people, which is a shame because that counts, but today people are coming in every 10 minutes and this is just the morning crowd,” said Iritano.
First time voter Tony G. came out to the polls because he’s “disgusted with the president.”
“I’m not surprised in his behavior and what he believes in,” said Tony. “But I’m amazed so many people seem to be okay with it, and I voted for fairness and equality … and healthcare is definitely an issue that I care about.”
Mary Ellen was proud to wear her sticker after casting her ballot.
“I always vote. It is an honor and privilege to vote,” she said. “The values that I feel are being lost given the whole tone of our country are civil respect, the welcoming of strangers, and care of the most poorest and vulnerable among us … it’s all lost.”
Today, QNS reporters are at polling sites across Queens reporting on the Election Day turnout. We’ll have more reports as the day progresses. In the meantime, you have until 9 p.m. tonight to vote — so get out there and exercise your right!