Voters wait in line at Washington Square 3 in Greenwich Village on Election Day on November 8, 2022.
Photo by Isabelle Song Beer
Election day gets underway in New York City for the 2022 midterm elections, with voters casting ballots for governor and other major races at more than 14,000 polling places in five boroughs.
Voting began at 6 am and the voting percentage varied in some places. More than 400,000 New York City residents cast their ballots in the early nine-day voting period, which concluded on Sunday, November 6, and hundreds of thousands of other voters opted to cast absentee ballots by mail.
Top of the Election Day contests is a heated gubernatorial race between Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul and Republican congressman Lee Zeldin. Recent polls have suggested that the race is much tougher than originally anticipated; Real Clear Politics estimated that on election day, Hochul had an average of 7 points lead in polls.
Two other statewide officials are also on the ballot: Democratic Attorney General Letitia James is seeking a four-year term in office against Republican Michael Henry, and State Controller Tom DiNapoli is looking to ward off a challenge from Republican Paul Rodriguez. .
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is also seeking a fifth term in the Senate. The Democratic stalwart is being challenged by Republican Joe Pinion.
All 26 congressional seats in New York State are also set to be grabbed. New York City’s two major races to watch are in the 11th district, where new Republican congressman Nicole Mallotakis wants to hold her seat against Democrat, whom she defeated for office two years ago, to Max Rose.
A portion of eastern Queens is also voting in the race for a congressional third district, where Democrat Robert Zimmerman and Republican George Santos seek to succeed incumbent Tom Suozzi on Capitol Hill.
Voters will also choose a representative of their assembly and state senate and fill a number of judicial seats. And don’t forget to turn your ballot: There are four questions to answer.
Our journalists are talking to voters across the city about what is on their mind today. Watch this space throughout the day for updates.
And don’t forget to come back with us after 9 PM when the results are out.