Early Voting 101

Early voting begins this weekend at 37 sites across Erie County

Tom Puckett
October 21, 2019 - 4:00 am

The scanner used in the absentee ballot count for NY-27. November 19, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) We've heard about it and watched it at work in other parts of the country for some time now.  Early voting.  Now it's a reality for the Buffalo region and we'll get our first experience with early voting as Election Day draws near.

On Saturday, you'll have a week to cast an early voting ballot in this year's elections. Elections commissioners have some important advice for you if you elect to vote early.

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"You can appear at one of 37 locations in Erie County, and it doesn't matter where you live, you can to any one of these locations and cast your ballot," says GOP Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr. "What you do is you sign in as you would normally do at your polling location on Election Day, and we use an electronic polling book so it will print the ballot to which you're entitled to vote."

How many people will take advantage of early voting? "This is the very first time this is occurring in New York, so we're anticipating a turnout, but we're not sure how much of a reception we will get," says Mohr. "We're hoping by expanding the hours for early voting this will increase participation by the electorate and allow the electorate to not have to worry about voting on Election Day."

Polls are open Saturday, Oct. 26. Voters may cast early ballots through Sunday, Nov. 3, with polls open noon to 6 pm weekends and noon to 9 pm weekdays. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 am to 9 pm.

City of Buffalo

DEL, N. Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd., Buffalo, NY 14216

ELL, The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo, NY 14201

FIL, Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212

LOV, Hennepin Center, 24 Ludington St., Buffalo, NY 14206

MAS, Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E Delavan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215

NIA, Salvation Army West Side Community Center, 187 Grant St., Buffalo, NY 14213

NOR, Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207

SOU, Tosh Collins Community Center, 35 Cazenovia St., Buffalo, NY 14210

UNI, Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214

Erie County Board of Elections, 134 W. Eagle St., Buffalo, NY 14202

Cities and towns outside Buffalo

Amherst, Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd., Amherst, NY 14226

Alden Village Hall, 13336 Main St., Alden, NY 14004 (can use Town Hall as backup)

Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora, NY 14052

Boston Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Rd., Boston, NY 14025

Brant Town Hall, 1272 Brant North Collins Rd., Brant, NY 14027

Cheektowaga- Leonard VFW Post 6251, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Clarence Town Hall, 1 Town Place, Clarence, NY 14031

Colden Town Hall, 8812 NY-240, Colden, NY 14033

Collins Town Hall, 14093 Mill St., Collins, NY 14034

Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Dr., Springville, NY 14141

Elma Senior Center, 3007 Bowen Rd., Elma, NY 14059

Eden Town Hall, 2795 E. Church St., Eden, NY 14057

Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Rd., Angola, NY 14006

Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072

Hamburg, Moose Lodge 992, 45 Church St., Hamburg, NY 14075

Holland Community Center, 3 Legion Dr., Holland, NY 14080

Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster, NY 14086

Marilla Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Rd., Marilla, NY 14102

Newstead- Akron Village Hall, 21 Main St., Akron, NY 14001

North Collins Town Hall, 10571 Gowanda State Rd., North Collins, NY 14111

Orchard Park Town Hall, 4295 S Buffalo Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127

Sardinia Town Hall, 12320 Savage Rd., Sardinia, NY 14134

Town of Tonawanda, Kenmore Municipal Bldg., 2919 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217

Wales Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Rd., Wales Center, NY 14169

West Seneca Community Center, 1300 Union Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224

Lackawanna Senior Citizens Center, 230 Martin Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218

Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St., Tonawanda, NY 14150

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