WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Election days, plural, with nine early voting days, as well as the traditional Election Day, are fast approaching.
You must be registered to be allowed a ballot for voting. The deadline to register is the end of the day Friday, October 11.
There are multiple ways to register to vote:
- One is to physically show up to your county’s board of elections by close of business Friday.
- Two, mail in your voter registration form and make sure it is postmarked with the October 11 date.
- Three, register to vote on the State DMV website. Click here.
Early voting is open to any register voter, and begins in all New York counties on Saturday, October 26 and runs for nine days, ending on the Sunday before Election Day.
Even if you register to vote just before the deadline you’ll be eligible for early voting.
Madison County’s Republican Elections Commissioner Kelly Hood says, “It’s just like Election Day. It’s not any different, you vote on the machines. Nobody will know the results, that will happen on Election Night at nine o’clock.”
Some counties, like Onondaga and Madison, will be using Poll Pads instead of traditional poll books when you sign in at your polling location.
These Poll Pads look just like tablets. The only thing you’ll do with these electronic poll books is sign your name on them.
SOME COUNTIES, ONONDAGA FOR ONE, AND MADISON COUNTY WILL BE USING THESE POLL PADS, INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL POLL BOOKS WHEN YOU SIGN IN AT YOUR POLLING LOCATION TO VOTE. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE WHAT YOU SIGN YOUR NAME ON.
Madison County Democratic Elections Commissioner Laura Costello says, “I think once they get started with them, and it is it’s just like how you’re signing in with at stores now, so I think they’ll be fine.”
Times and locations for Early Voting will vary based on your county. Click on the appropriate link below for specifics where you live. Once you’re there, you can also find information on almost all things voting.