SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — For the first time ever in New York State, you’ll have the opportunity to vote before Election Day.
If you’re a registered voter and can’t wait, or you’re unable to go to the polls on Election Day, now all you have to do is head to one of the currently selected six early-voting sites and cast a ballot the same way you’ve always done it.
“People no longer want to wait for a single day to vote– they want to fit it into their schedule. A single mom, a shift worker, the ability to vote on the weekends, this is what early voting allows for,” said the Democratic elections commissioner for Onondaga County, Dustin Czarny.
Czarny and the county’s other commissioner hope this will boost voter turnout.
A record was set for local election voting in 2017 when there were no statewide or national races.
The same circumstance applies this year, but the board of elections hopes to do better than just under 40-percent turnout from 2017.
“If people are going to use this, take advantage of it. They’ll start this year, but next year I think the Presidential election will be huge,” said Republican elections commissioner for Onondaga County, Michele Sardo.
The following sites will be open for early voting in the 2019 General Election:
Clay Town Hall Courtroom (rear entrance)
4401 Route 31, Clay, NY 13041
DeWitt Town Hall courtroom
5400 Butternut Drive, E. Syracuse, NY 13057
LaFayette Fire Station #1 (rear entrance)
2444 Route 11 South, LaFayette, NY 13084
Armond Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park
2300 Grant Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13208
Southwest Community Center
401-425 South Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13204
Van Buren Town Hall
7575 Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville, NY 13207
You don’t have to live in those areas or districts– you just have to be a registered voter in Onondaga County.
Early voting will NOT be available for the June 25 primary.
Early voting runs for nine days starting on Saturday, Oct. 26.