We had our staff go into their neighborhoods and take photos of political memorabilia on election day. We also went to polling places and collected pictures of prior events.
Frigate owner George Wallis is well known for his highly controversial banners that he airs in violation to village building code. The corner in front of the prominent ice cream parlor has become a rallying spot for conservatives, a gathering place for supporters and Congressmen alike. Following the President's contraction of Covid-19, another sign has made its way to the balcony, carrying double meaning as polls close and ballots are counted.
A modest Biden sign among the flowers.
Belle Terre Constabulary - Polling Place
6 a.m. – Polls opened to long winding lines in the frigid cold, anxiously waiting in the twilight.
Interestingly enough, we saw the highest concentration of yard signs in the Harbor Hills area. It may have something to do with the close spacing between houses or the more economically diverse demographic as opposed to Belle Terre. Almost every other house had some sign and we think we even spotted some neighborly competition.
A common frustration is seen here – the wish for bipartisanship and an end to the political polarization in our nation.
The balance is pretty close. Along a one mile stretch, we spotted thirteen households with Republican flags and signs, while Democrats came in two behind with eleven.
Strong GOTV (get out the vote) efforts were made on these lawns for Democrat Nancy Gorroff who is running against incumbent Lee Zeldin. Although Zeldin is favored to win another term, we have seen a remarkable local emphasis on the race for Congress.
One thing of interest? The lack of signage. In previous elections, merchandise flooded the public view on both sides. Whether it's due to the pandemic or just lack of enthusiasm for either side, the banners are in hiding this year.
This reflects the large number of Republicans nationwide who are unsatisfied with Trump's performance, gathering in separate factions like the Lincoln Project. Likewise it reflects the large number of Democrats who are less for Biden than they are against Trump. For Republicans who are supporting the incumbent, they are doing so with extra zeal, mounting enormous banners like Wallis or flying flags from their cars. We have yet to see any Biden-Harris signs nailed to the side of a house.
We did go into the Belle Terre area, however there were so few visible signs, there was no point in including them.