After a week and a half of long lines at early voting locations scattered across Suffolk County, voters today can head to their home polling places for the 2020 general election.
The presidential race between incumbent Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden has already attracted record numbers for early voting, locally and across the country.
Before the polls open today, nearly 100 million people will have already voted nationwide — more than 70 percent of the entire vote in the 2016 presidential race. In Suffolk, nearly 230,000 voters have casted their ballots; a total of 677,000 voted in 2016.
Here’s what to know about Election Day before heading out:
Time: Polls across the county — and New York state — are open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where to vote: Click here to confirm your polling place location.
Clean and ready: Suffolk County says each of its 336 polling places will be clean, safe and secure, noting that booths, privacy sleeves and pens will be continuously sanitized.
No mask, no vote: Voters must wear a mask/face covering and maintain six feet of distance when entering any Board of Elections facility or voting poll site, pursuant to an executive order from the state.
Where to keep score: As far as news coverage of the election results goes, you may want to focus on the Associated Press and PBS. They are widely considered among the most unbiased of news sources. You can also watch the local results come in on Suffollk’s Board of Elections website.
Here are the key races on the ballots of voters in Suffolk County:
President and Vice President
• Donald Trump and Mike Pence Republican, Conservative
• Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Democrat, Working Families
• Howie Hawkins and Angela Nicole Walker Green
• Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy Cohen Libertarian
• Brock Pierce and Karla Ballard Independence
Representative in Congress, 1st Congressional District
• Lee M. Zeldin Republican,Conservative, Independence
• Nancy S. Goroff Democratic, Working Families
Representative in Congress, 2nd Congressional District
• Andrew Garbarino Republican, Conservative, Libertarian, SAM
• Jackie Gordon Democratic, Working Families, Independence
• Harry Burger Green
State Senator, 1st Senatorial District
• Laura A. Ahearn Democratic, Protect the Taxpayer
• Anthony H. Palumbo Republican, Conservative
State Senator, 3rd Senatorial District
• Monica R. Martinez Democratic, Independence
• Alexis Weik Republican, Conservative
State Senator, 4th Senatorial District
• Christine Pellegrino Democratic, Working Families
• Philip Boyle Republican, Conservative, Independence
State Assembly Member, 5th District
• Fred Ianacci Democratic
• Douglas Smith Republican, Conservative, Independence
Member of Assembly – 7th District
• Francis Genco Democratic
• Jarett Gandolfo Republican, Conservative, Independence
Photo: The voting line outside River Avenue Elementary School around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Election Day, in Patchogue. (Credit: Tiffany Rivera)