SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s Election Day and it’s now the final chance for voters to cast their ballots! Voters have from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to head to their designated polling place.

For the first time, New Yorkers had a chance to vote early for this general election. State-wide, around 256,000 people participated in early voting.

Also new this year is the way voters sign in. Instead of finding their name and address in the poll-book, they’ll be using an electronic polling pad to either scan their license or enter their name in manually.

Some of the positions on the ballots Tuesday are for county district attorneys, city or town mayors, town clerks, supervisors, Supreme Court Judge, and more.

But according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections, voter turnout in a general election is typically much less than a presidential election.

“These are the people that are going to make decisions that affect your day-to-day life. Whether the pothole on your street gets filled, what your local property taxes are. What your local budgets are these are. All the people at the town, city, and countywide level that are going to affect your day-to-day routine,” said Dustin Czarny, the Democratic Elections Commissioner for Onondaga County.

As far as rules voters may need to follow before heading out to the polls? Czarny says do not wear any clothing affiliated with people on the ballot inside of the 100-foot mark and make sure you’re at the designated polling location. If a voter is at the wrong site, the iPad used to sign in will tell them where to go.


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