Early Voting Begins Saturday!

Will be New York's first statewide early voting period

Brendan Keany
October 24, 2019 - 5:06 pm

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - While election day is still more than a week away, residents can begin voting Saturday, October 26, which will mark the first time early voting will be utilized in a statewide election in New York's history.

On Thursday afternoon, several local officials including Mayor Byron Brown, County Executive Mark Poloncarz, State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Monica Wallace held a press conference to discuss the necessity and benefits of the early voting process.

"We've all rallied together for this reform because we believe in delivering this change isn't about who you're voting for but how accessible your right to vote should be," said Kennedy.

Beginning Saturday, there will be 37 polling sites available across Erie County from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. on weekends. Voters are not limited to their typical voting locations during the early voting period, which will through Sunday, November 3rd.

"Each and every one of the people standing here today believe that early voting gives us a better opportunity to present our voice in the community, and when I (say) our voice, I mean each individual's voice - every resident who's an enrolled voter's voice," said Poloncarz. "This is your opportunity to send a message to the people who represent you by electing them."

Listen to the full press conference below:

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