It’s Election Day, in case you hadn’t noticed. Find your polling place and get other useful info on how and when and where to vote in New York here. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. City government offices and courts are closed, as are public schools for students. Alternate side parking and garbage/recycling pickups are suspended, as well. 
So far, at least one problem has been found with regard to today’s ballot instructions and which oval voters should mark to cast their vote. Mayor Bloomberg says that any complaints will be tracked by both 311 and Twitter. [NBC NY]
The New York Times has a rather intricate interactive Twitter tracker chart chronicling Tweets related to candidates running for governor or the Senate. While its functionality is a little confusing, it’s both impressive and somehow soothing to watch as the “trending” bubbles ebb and flow throughout the day. But don’t let that stop you from voting.
George Pataki, at the last minute, decided to endorse Carl Paladino, New York’s Republican candidate for governor, despite Paladino once calling Pataki “a degenerate idiot.” Pataki said “While I don’t agree with my party’s nominee for governor on any number of issues, we do agree on three essential Republican – Conservative core beliefs: the need to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government.” [Observer]
Meanwhile, though Andrew Cuomo is the clear gubernatorial favorite in most polls, folks are worried that that will give his supporters (or, “lazy Democrats”?) an excuse not to bother to vote.
Also battling it out today in New York are Democrat Eric Schneiderman vs. Republican Daniel Donovan for attorney general, and Thomas DiNapoli (D) vs. Harry Wilson (R) for state comptroller. Senator Chuck Schumer goes against Jay Townsend and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand against Joseph DioGuardi in races that the incumbent Democrats are expected to win.
Nationally, Republicans need 39 House seats to get a majority, and in the Senate, they need 10 seats. States to watch are Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, California, West Virginia, Washington, and Nevada. [KOMU]
Not sure where you stand, or whether you want to take the trouble to go fill in those little ovals on the ballot? There’s a fun video in which a Tea Party patriot/bear “explains” how our freedoms are in jeopardy.
Also up for vote: Term limits of two four-year terms for future elected officials. [NYDN]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 2, 2010