Central New Yorkers flock to the polls during second day of early voting

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DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Election Day isn’t for another week and a half, but New Yorkers could start casting their ballots in person on Saturday, Oct. 24, if they were willing to wait in some of the long lines seen across Central New York.

Over 5,000 people took advantage of the first day of early voting in Onondaga County, and hundreds lined up again for day two.

For the second consecutive day at the DeWitt Town Hall, the line of voters extended way beyond the front door as people were eager to cast their ballots. On the first day, voters experienced long lines that caused wait times of over an hour at the DeWitt Town Hall.

“I wanted to be able to make my voice heard. It’s such a polarizing thing right now. It’s important we all take advantage of the freedom of being able to vote,” Barb Brooker, a voter from East Syracuse, said. “I wanted to make sure I got it done because you don’t know what could happen from one day to the next with the pandemic and everything else. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to cast my vote.”

Polling place in Camillus. Courtesy: Jim Kearns

During the early voting period, which started Saturday and runs until November 1, registered voters can vote in person at any of the polling sites within their county.

On the first day of early voting in New York State, the Onondaga County Board of Elections says over 5,000 ballots were cast within the county.

It was also a busy day at the polls in other counties in Central New York.

Voting numbers by county from day one of the early voting period:

  • Onondaga County: 5,019
  • Oneida County: 1,489
  • Cayuga County: 1,028
  • Oswego County: 589
  • Madison County: 486

If you missed the first day of early voting, you still have time. The early voting period in New York State ends Sunday, November 1 and then voters can still cast a ballot on the actual Election Day, which is set for Tuesday, November 3.

People should expect longer lines than normal this election year, as the Onondaga County Board of Elections says the over 308,000 registered voters is a record for the county.

It may be too late to register to vote, but you can check your registration status, by clicking here.

For more information on voting, click here.

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