It's already been an election year like no other for Long Island villages.
Elections that normally take place in March and June were pushed back to Sept. 15 this year when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order delaying village votes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
When ballots are finally cast in two weeks, voters will find polling places stocked with hand sanitizers, Plexiglas dividers, fresh pens, face masks at the door and floor markings to help everyone maintain social distancing.
And in a few cases, voting locations have been moved to larger areas to help lessen the chance of spreading the virus.
“We have three big garage doors," said village administrator Ronnie Shatzkamer of Flower Hill, which is relocating its polls to the village hall garage from the usual upstairs voting location. "All will be open. So fresh air will be coming in … We have more room to space people out.”
Villages also are informing residents that absentee ballots are available for anyone who's nervous about going out to vote. Applications are available at village halls, and ballots must be returned by Election Day.
Residents should call their village clerks about voting times, which vary from one place to another.
Some villages expect delays in completing vote tallies, but they say they're ready for a very different Election Day.
“We may be there until 1 o’clock in the morning,” Shatzkamer said. “We will be there until everything is counted.”
Here are synopses of contested village races: