Call them ghostbusters if you will but despite the president of the United States referencing their hometown as a “ghost town” more than 94,000 registered voters turned out to the polls on the first day of early voting in New York City.
Hardly appearing ghostly or ghost-like, their images through any lens contradict the comment President Donald Trump made during a final debate recently saying quarantine and a lockdown now makes NYC a “ghost town.”
Socially distanced and masked to stunt the spread of COVID-19, early bird voters in every borough overwhelmed all 88 polling sites throughout the city from the dawn of Oct. 24.
The one-day figure adds to the 56 million Americans who reportedly have already decided their choice for the next leader of the country.
Exactly one week before Halloween, Empire State voters slammed a response to the nationally, broadcasted presidential diss.
Fashion forward voters showed out – a woman was spotted wearing what looked to be a knock-off from a jacket previously sported by first-lady Melania which said “I don’t care – Do you?”
In true New York style, hers stated “Ruth sent Me!” an obvious reference to Brooklyn’s iconic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who recently died.
Subtler apolitical comments also decorated masks, caps and other gear worn by expressive New Yorkers.
Vying for prevalence were “Black Lives Matter” “NY Tough” “NYC Vote 2020” “Yes We Can” “Si se Puede” (throwback slogans from the 2008 Democratic campaign) and face coverings bearing the likenesses of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle, Dr. Anthony Fauci and “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Replicas of flags from many migrant nations also found prevalence.
Election districts reported constantly swelling, socially-distanced individuals forming queues from early in the day with voters willing to wait unending hours to cast early votes for the first time in a presidential election.
Native born and naturalized citizens arrived up to three hours ahead of the poll opening schedule in order to get ahead of the nine-day advance opportunity to exercise their political might. Eager millennials, senior citizens, and first time voters filed into Madison Square Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, Barclay Center and Kings Theater, community centers and local early voting locations on the first official day of voting in New York.
Some dropped off affidavits, some brought folding chairs, food, coffee, water, books, games, music and other accoutrements to help pass the time.
Parents were accompanied by small children they chaperoned to share the unprecedented experience of history in the making.
In the 12th CD, a sidewalk comedian told jokes.
An artist painted scenes.
And cellphone photographers captured images some said would be posted on social media.
There too in Williamsburg at 9 am a 102-year-old, Puerto Rican senior walked with assistance from her daughter and a metal walker.
Her 90-year-old neighbor rolled up afterwards on a motorized vehicle.
And a blind man showed up early with his…