Today (Tuesday, November 4) is election day. Any resident of Lower Manhattan (or, for that matter, New York City) can find the location of their polling place by visiting this website.
For an even-handed, non-partisan guide to candidates, issues, and races (including web links to all sides in each contest), please visit here.
In addition three statewide races (for Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller), contests for which Lower Manhattan residents can cast ballots, include one U.S. Congressional race, two State Assembly seats, and one State Senate post.
Voters will also be called upon to decide three ballot proposals. The first and the third (about redrawing New York’s electoral map and issuing bonds to buy computers for schools) are complex and controversial. The second (which would amend the State’s Constitution to allow legislators to receive proposed bills in electronic — rather than printed — form) is not the sort of measure that inspires strong feelings one way or the other, but appears not to be seriously opposed by anybody, anywhere. While the Broadsheet does not endorse candidates or causes, this one may fall into the “duh!” category.
Finally, the Democratic District Leader for southern Battery Park City, as well as parts of the Financial District, SoHo, and Little Italy, Jenifer Rajkumar, invites residents who have questions or concerns before, during or after the election to reach out to her directly for assistance. (The District Leader acts as an unpaid, volunteer, political party official who represents community needs before elected officials and government agencies.) Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and her mobile telephone number is 917-690-0891.