Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined voters in Parkchester, Bronx
Ocasio-Cortez expressed how ’emotional’ it is to vote and a ‘privilege every single time’
She also said that waiting in line for longer than two hours was unacceptable and a form of voter suppression
Video from across New York City shows some lines stretching for blocks
So far more than 58million Americans have already cast their ballots as of Sunday, with just nine days to go before November 3
Bronx Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized long lines she found while visiting a polling site in the borough on Sunday morning to cast her own vote.
Voters had been waiting in line for several hours when the congresswoman showed up.
‘There is no place in the United States of America where two-, three-, four-hour waits to vote is acceptable,’ the Democrat said outside the site in Parkchester.
‘And just because it’s happening in a blue state, doesn’t mean that it’s not voter suppression. If we are waiting three hours, four hours, five hours, if this was happening in a swing state, there would be national coverage.’
‘Frankly, this also shows the success of early voting as well,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘I will wait two hours just like my neighbors are.’
Currently there are 88 polling sites open around the Big Apple with many locations reporting lines stretching around the block as people queued to cast their ballots since early voting began on Saturday.