NYC residents encouraged by long lines on day three of early voting

New York City residents were met again with long lines Monday morning on day three of early voting for the upcoming general election — but many voters said the crowds were a sign of “hope.”

Braving intermittent rain and chilly temps, Big Apple citizens flocked to early voting sites across the city before the polls even opened at 7 a.m., hoping to beat the crowds.

Manhattan resident Stephen Hargrove, 59, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, arrived at Madison Square Garden — one of the city’s 88 early polling sites — when it opened and was still waiting in line an hour and 15 minutes later.

Hargrove, who showed up with a folding chair in anticipation of long wait times, said he was unbothered by the lengthy process.

“It’s necessary,” Hargove said, adding, “It gives you hope to see all these people out here.”

“In the past, I’ve never had to wait this long to vote, but I think it makes people more determined especially when they think it’s being suppressed.”

Hargove said he did not think the voting lines would be as long Monday in the rain as they were over the weekend.

April Lo, 39, got luckier with the wait time after poll workers at Madison Square Garden divided up the line at the site into two different lines.

“I’m excited I thought I would have to wait longer to vote,” said Lo, who got on line shortly after 8 a.m. was told it would take 20 more minutes.

Lo said she decided to vote early because she was planning to be out of the country.

“I think it’s awesome,” she said of the early voting process.

“I think it’s really exciting and encouraging. Seeing everyone participate makes me feel really hopeful.”

At the New York City College of Technology polling site in Brooklyn, more than 250 people were waiting in a snaking line by 9 a.m.

Citizens were spotted reading books, drinking coffee and munching on bagels to pass the time as they waited to get inside to vote.

Married couple Josh and Nicole Cohen waited to vote at the college for nearly an hour.

“It’s better than I expected,” said Nicole, 49. “Our neighbors went this weekend and I was seeing posts on Facebook. I thought I’m here for the long-haul.”

The early voting process began in the city on Saturday with many Big Apple residents waiting several hours to cast their ballots in the presidential election.

As of Sunday night, more than 193,000 Big Apple residents had voted, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

Early voting sites will be open every day until Nov. 1 ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

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