POLLING PLACE 101
Don’t worry if this is your first ballot-casting rodeo. The process can appear intimidating with all the pencils and bubble-sheets. But trust us. Exercising your democratic right is oodles of fun. When you walk into the polling site, you will be greeted by a worker who will ask for your address. Then they’ll send you to another table where you will state your name in front of poll workers with a big book. The book contains all the registered voters in the immediate area. If you registered to vote before the October 12 deadline, then your name will be in that book. (At least, it should be). Next: Sign your name under your printed information in Mr. Big Book and proceed to the row of privacy podiums.
The podium, with its covered sides reminiscent of horse blinders, is where the magic happens. You fill out the paper ballot with a pencil (don’t worry, polling sites provide pencils). There is an empty circle next to each candidate’s name waiting for you to either fill it in, or leave it blank. For the novices out there: Leaving the bubble blank means that you are NOT voting for that person.
Insider tip: Turn the ballot over to the backside. Sometimes there are judges to vote for back there or proposed amendments to the City Charter, which is like the Constitution for New York City.
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Once you’ve filled in your ballot’s desired circles, walk it over to the scanning machine where it’s safely sucked inside. That’s it, you are done and it’s sticker time! This is the most important part of Election Day: Posting the obnoxious, yet necessary, Instagram selfie with your prized sticker. #nycvotes