First day or early voting brings out thousands in the Valley

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The line extended around an entire city block in Middletown on the first day of early voting

MID-HUDSON – An estimated 500 people lined up around the entire city block by the Middletown Senior Center long before the polls opened at noon on Saturday for the first day of early voting in New York. Several people brought portable chairs to sit on while they waited for what was going to be hours before they would cast their vote.

It was much the same situation at the Delano Hitch Recreation building in the City of Newburgh with an estimated 500 people waiting on the line at noon.

Also, in the City of Poughkeepsie, lines outside the polling location stretched around the block.

In Highland, people waiting to vote posted on Facebook there were delays as the printer used to produce ballots for individual voters was overheating.

There are also long lines in the Village of Montgomery where a radical militia group was granted a permit to protest.

They wanted to be located near the polling location, but police moved the handful of protestors quite a distance away. One woman involved with the group told Mid-Hudson News they had just planned to have a pro-Trump picnic – no weapons and no violence.