Pictured Above: The Jamesport Meeting House was one of several arts institutions on the East End that participated in “Project Vote” last night, projections on the buildings of encouragements to vote by 42 artists. Other locations included The Southampton Arts Center and The Church in Sag Harbor.

Good Morning, and Happy Election Day!

• Today should prove slightly warmer than yesterday, but the wind is still high. There’s a slight chance of showers between 8 and 10 a.m. this morning, but skies will be mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 51 degrees and a northwest wind 16 to 23 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 39. We’re expecting patchy frost after 3 a.m. tomorrow, and it will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 29 and a northwest wind 5 to 13 miles per hour, becoming southeast after midnight. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 59 and Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 65.

• America is waking up this morning to one of the most uncertain dawns in its 244-year history, and it is likely we won’t know much more by the end of this Election Day, due to massive numbers of absentee ballots that may take weeks to count. Here’s what we know now locally:

• Suffolk County had received 120,091 absentee ballots for today’s election as of Monday afternoon, and 122,135 county residents had participated in early voting, bringing the total number of pre-Election Day ballots received by the county Board of Elections to 242,226 — about 23.35 percent of the county’s 1,037,490 active voters. The county will not begin counting absentee ballots until next Tuesday, Nov. 10, the deadline for the Board of Elections to receive absentee ballots, which must be postmarked by today. Absentee ballots may also be returned in person to any poll location or the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 700 Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank by 9 p.m. this evening. Read our full story.

• If you haven’t yet voted, here’s our coverage of issues on the ballot in today’s election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at all 338 regular polling locations in Suffolk County. Here’s how to find your polling location, and the League of Women Voters has put together this guide to the ballot in your district (click on the “Find What’s On Your Ballot” button).

• Stay tuned to our editor’s Twitter feed (@byoungeast) after 10 p.m. for any breaking election alerts we may have this evening — we will have an analysis of Suffolk’s in-person vote results regardless of whether any local races can be called tonight.

• Here are today’s Suffolk County Covid-19 stats: Sixty-six people have tested positive for Covid in the 24 hours ending Monday, with 1.2 percent of people tested testing positive. Forty-two people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county, with six in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities and the death toll here stands at 2,019.

• Southampton Town wants feedback in an online survey on its policing practices as part of its state-mandated Community Law Enforcement Review Committee, formed in the wake of this spring’s national unrest over police killings of unarmed African Americans. Similar efforts are underway across the East End.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

November 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:16 a.m., 11:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:24 a.m., 10:59 p.m.
Greenport: 11:53 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:34 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:48 a.m.
New Suffolk: 1:06 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:13 a.m., 1:22 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:04 a.m., 10:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:13 a.m., 8:51 p.m.

November 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:56 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:04 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Greenport: 12:28 a.m., 12:33 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:14 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:23 a.m., 12:28 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:50 a.m., 1:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:57 a.m., 2:02 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:36 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:45 a.m., 9:34 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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