NEW YORK, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Earlier this month, New Yorkers hit the polls for the general election, and some took part in the state’s first-ever early voting period.
Now, lawmakers and other officials are discussing how it went.
According to the State Board of Elections, about 250,000 New Yorkers took advantage of early voting. That is out of the unofficial result total of nearly 3 million ballots cast.
“You could see the patterns that developed. Certainly, the first weekend was busy, but it was the first weekend. We think there was a rush for that, but then as you go during the week, it started to balance out,” said Todd Valentine, NYS Board of Elections.
This year, there were 248 early voting locations in New York State. The minimum requirement was 147.
“If you have a site that would be appropriate. That is within your sphere of authority, we recommend you raise that to your local board of elections, or even to us, so we can get that information,” said Robert Brehm, NYS Board of Elections.
The average polling location was open for about 66 hours, but only 60 hours was required for each by law.
The Board of Elections brought up the idea of looking into standardizing hours and making other improvements for the future.
Brehm continued, saying, “Counties are already using the information having run this election to say ‘I need more poll pads to run presidential. I might need more voting scanners or ballot marking devices next year.”
Officials said in 2020 there will be at least three early voting periods coming up.
New York was the 39th state to have early voting.