The early voting period is underway for the first time ever allowing New Yorkers to cast their ballots before Election Day. The nine-day period began on Saturday, October 26th with over 1,700 visiting the polls over the weekend in Onondaga County. “Tuesday, people work, they have obligations with their families, children’s soccer games…whatever…that may not be a good day for some people,” said Dustin Czarny, the democratic election commissioner for Onondaga County. “Now they can choose a time that’s convenient for them.” Early voting ends on Sunday, November 3rd.
From technology costs to operation, early voting has been paid for by the state bringing changes for voters. Voters will now sign in on iPads, which will find a voter’s ballot and print it automatically. Voters will then fill out their bubble sheets as normal and scan their ballots before leaving. Safeguards have been put in to ensure a secure and efficient election.
The results of early voting will be announced at 9pm on Election Day, November 5th. For poll locations and times visit LocalSYR.com’s Early Voting section.