From the Morning Memo:

It’s Election Day! Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. in New York statewide. Remember to go vote. It’s a vitally important way of having your voice be heard in our country governs itself. And since you’re probably an engaged citizen to begin with given you’ve come to this blog, remember to call a friend and bring them to the polls as well.

Here are four things to watch for today.

1. Democratic sweep.

Democrats are poised to gain total control of every chamber of the Legislature and statewide office this year for the first time since 2009-10, when the party had an ill-fated majority in the state Senate. That leadership from that time has completely turned over since. Republicans for the last 10 years have managed to cobble together a majority over the years with the occasional help of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference and currently with Democratic Sen. Simcha Felder, who sits with the Senate GOP. But convincing victories on Long Island, the Hudson Valley and even in several upstate seats could end the last lever of power Republicans hold statewide. Adding to that is a surge in Democratic enrollment in New York, making this blue state even bluer.

2. Who gets the most votes?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is at the top of the ticket and, unless polling has been catastrophically wrong, he’s likely to receive a third term over Republican Marc Molinaro. But he’s also sharing the ticket with Democrats like U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, two proven vote-getters in statewide elections. At the same time, the top of the gubernatorial ticket is a relatively competitive one, given the three independent party candidates like Larry Sharpe of the Libertarians, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner running on the Serve American Movement ballot line. All have the potential draw protest votes from both Cuomo and Molinaro. Nevertheless, turnout is expected to be far higher than the 30 percent or so in 2014.

3. Senate watch

As Republicans seek to hold their majority, the most competitive races are relatively crammed into two areas of the state: Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Suffolk and Nassau counties in particular have been longtime GOP strongholds, with Republicans at their most powerful when they have won a clean sweep of the so-called “Long Island 9” — all of the districts in those two counties. Democrats last made significant in-roads on Long Island in the 2008 campaign, winning key races in Nassau and Suffolk counties to break up the Long Island 9. Democrats dashed it again with the victory of Sen. Todd Kaminsky in a special election to replace the scandal-scarred former majority leader, Dean Skelos. But if this is a true wave year for Democrats, its possible the party will have successes in additional races higher up in the Hudson Valley, Capital Region and central New York.

4. Will New York flip the House?

There are a handful of competitive House races around the state this year, partially by dint of President Donald Trump’s unpopularity or the unpopularity of the incumbent. Rep. Chris Collins is seeking re-election to his heavily Republican House seat amid insider trading charges. Democrats are trying once again after several failed attempts to flip the 19th district in the Hudson Valley. If Republicans want to hold the House of Representatives, they’ll have to notch victories in New York to do so.