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What to know about early voting

Residents across New York State will have the opportunity to cast their votes early for the general election.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 5:51 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2019 10:01 AM

This year’s Election Day is on Tuesday, November 5th, but New York residents can start voting on October 26th. A new law established a 10-day early voting period. If you do plan on voting early, be prepared for a few small changes. The new process for voting early involves checking in, getting a ticket to obtain your ballot, matching the ballot to your ticket, and then you get to vote. Any voter in Oneida County can vote at any one of 3 locations, but you can only vote once. If you plan on voting on Election Day everything is the same except for a new check-in. Carol Ann Cardone is the Democratic Elections Commissioner for Oneida County. She explains what the check-in is for. 

"They have to look you up before you can go to your table to see if you did early voting, and if they tell you you did early voting on such and such a date, then you’re going to be turned away, and you’re not going to be able to vote because you can’t vote twice."

We spoke with a few Oneida County residents to see how they feel about early voting. Ramon Alvarado says: 

"I believe it’s a good tactic. That way you don’t have to wait in line and you know, probably get frustrated with the line and probably go home and don’t vote."

Utica Resident Andy Romano also thinks it's a good idea.

"It’s convenient. If you can’t make it the day of voting, it makes it more convenient t to go another day."

Beth Williamson may take advantage of the new law. 

"I could utilize early voting only because I babysit, so it might make it easier to get to the polling areas."

If early voting doesn’t afford you enough time, you can still vote by Absentee voting, which will continue as usual. Oneida County residents can get a complete list of where to go, the dates, and the hours of operation for early voting below.  If you have any further questions, you can contact the Board of Elections at 315 798-5765

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