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This November, people will wait in line to vote for days on end

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The morning after the highly anticipated midterm elections, voters in New York City are lining up to make sure they’re the first people in line when they head to the polls.

It’s become a tradition to show up early to cast ballots in election years, especially in high-turnout years. In 2012, according to the Times, some New Yorkers waited at least 13 hours to vote, something that hasn’t happened in over 50 years.

And early-bird voters are no longer alone. With Election Day fewer than two weeks away, NYC’s Office of the Mayor has sent voters letters asking them to start arriving at their city-run election places — offices that serve as voter registration centers, where New Yorkers can go to update their name on the city’s voter rolls, as well as get assistance if they have questions about how to cast a ballot.

Courtesy of the Office of the Mayor New Yorkers wait in line at a Republican election center, on 25th Ave., for Donald Trump.

And elections workers in New York City are getting paid to wait all night outside the offices. According to the 2017 “Queens Hands,” an essay “where a group of homeless and nearby residents pay 100$ for a night of voting” to the NY1 News, the cash payment has been taken over the years by “notables like Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Joe Manchin,” those most likely to vote Democratic and drawn to the thought of taking away power from a Republican Party that they see as tyrannical. The essay claims that people aren’t usually found in the early-bird lines, but on Election Day, “hundreds and hundreds” of people are there.

This time, however, those lines are going to start in the early hours of the morning.

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