New York State has joined the 37 states that offer some form of early voting in allowing its citizens to cast a ballot before Election Day in a bid to improve its low voter turnout rates.
The state Senate and Assembly both approved legislation Monday, January 14, 2019, that would require counties to allow in-person voting up to 10 days before an election. The measure was then signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Supporters say giving citizens more time to vote will increase turnout and reduce lines on Election Day. New York was among the worst 10 states for turnout in both the 2016 and 2018 elections, continuing a long trend of lower-than-average voter participation.
The initial run comes in a year when just local offices are up for grabs, giving officials a chance to make improvements for 2020, a presidential election year in which turnout is expected to be very high.
Early voting is an important process that gives people a chance to get to the polls before Election Day. The people that would benefit the most from this are the ones that matter the most to our elections. These are the people who have not voted in years, because Election Day just never seemed to line-up with their work schedule. The previous non-voters are going to decide to vote in this election and by spreading the word about early voting we can hopefully inform, ensure and entice, these once non-voters to get to the polls as soon as possible.
The sooner you vote, the better. Get your vote in and then get all of your friends to vote asap as well. The more people that vote, the greater chance municipalities in Westchester have of electing a leader that is truly is a reflection of its people.
We have heard from many Westchester County residents regarding early voting, which passed the State Legislature earlier this year and was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a package of election reforms, which included the much earlier Democratic primary than previous years. We are here to help you navigate through your way through it.
New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi – of the 34th District which includes portions of Bronx and Westchester Counties – stopped by the People Before Politics Radio Show, Sunday, April 28th to explain the Election Reform which included moving of the Primary date and early voting (see video below)
Every registered voter in Westchester County – well in New York State for that matter – can vote early. Anyone over 18 who is registered by October 1st will be able to vote during early voting, October 26th to November 3rd, or on Election Day, November 5th.
The some of the early voting locations in Westchester will be Mamaroneck Town Hall 740 W. Boston Post Rd, Peekskill City Hall 840 Main St., Eastchester Library 11 Oakstreet Place, Dobbs Ferry Village Hall 112 Main Street, Greenburgh Town Hall 177 Hillside Ave, Harrison Veterans’ Memorial Building 210 Halstead Ave, Cyrus Russell Community House (Cross River), Mt. Pleasant Community Center 125 Lozza Drive, Somers Town House 335 Route 202, Ossining Recreation Center 95 Broadway, New Rochelle City Hall 90 Beaufort Place, Jefferson Village (Yorktown) 3480 Hill Blvd, Doles Recreation Center (Mt. Vernon), Mount Vernon City Hall 1 Roosevelt Sq, Westchester County Board of Elections (White Plains) 25 Quarropas St, Grinton I. Will Library (Yonkers) 1500 Central Park Ave, and Riverfront Library (Yonkers) 1 Larkin Center.
f you do not see an early voting location near you, for a full list of locations in Westchester County go to the Westchester County Board of Election’s website https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/election-dates-and-calendars or call (914) 995-5700. Outside of Westchester County go to https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ to find your early voting site.
Early voting days, hours – There are nine days of early voting ahead of general election day (November 5, 2019). The early voting period before the November 5, 2019 election day will start on October 26, 2019, and end on November 3, 2019. (See hours and dates below)
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28; Wednesday, Oct. 30; and Friday, Nov. 1
Noon-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 31
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3