The Suffolk County Board of Elections has received around a dozen calls from voters concerned about seniors and people with disabilities who want to cast their ballot ahead of Election Day. They say it's difficult for voters to endure hours-long wait times and long lines that may linger after close of polls.
Long Islanders turned out in the tens of thousands this weekend to vote early. It was the first time New Yorkers have had the opportunity to cast early ballots for a president since the state adopted early voting last year.
State lawmakers on eastern Long Island have introduced a bill that would require every town in Suffolk County to have an early voting site ahead of Election Day — right now, Shelter Island voters need a boat to cast a ballot.
Densely populated communities in Central Suffolk County will have extra early voting sites that will be open 10 days before Election Day. That was done without extra funding from the cash-strapped state of New York.