A final look at early voting on Long Island
Long Island’s first cycle for presidential general election early voting is over, and the option proved more popular in Nassau County than Suffolk.
Final early vote totals for Nassau were 223,280 and 122,133 ballots for Suffolk, according to county election officials. That’s around 20% of registered voters in Nassau, and around 10% in Suffolk, according to state estimates.
There was also a slight Nassau edge in absentee ballots returned — around a 15,000 ballot differential as of Nov. 1, though the absentee numbers fluctuate every day as more and more are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The postmark deadline is Tuesday.
These numbers are difficult to interpret given the lack of early voting history in New York. But one interpretation could be a higher degree of Democratic, perhaps anti-Trump energy in Nassau than Suffolk, given that both forms of pre-Election Day voting have recently proved to be more of a draw for the left as opposed to the right.
There are also structural considerations. Nassau Democratic party chair Jay Jacobs, points out that Nassau had a few more early voting sites than Suffolk even though the county is smaller land-wise than its eastern neighbor.
Suffolk Democratic leader Rich Schaffer agrees about the voting sites being a possible factor. "With a larger area, it makes it more practical to vote at your regular place on Election Day," Schaffer wrote in an email.
Nassau broke for Hillary Clinton in 2016, while Suffolk went for President Donald Trump, and Democrats have more of a registration advantage in Nassau.
Ultimately, the lessons from the early voting totals will likely be a question of degree.
"I would assume that Trump would do better in Suffolk," Jacobs wrote in an email to The Point. "The question is: how much better?"
—Mark Chiusano @mjchiusano
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Kravet Inc., a home furnishings designer and wholesaler based in Bethpage, wanted to move to Woodbury, and was seeking 15 years in tax breaks worth more than $217,500.
It’s the story behind the potential move that’s once again raising questions of whether IDAs are too eager to give tax breaks.
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