Erie County gets ready for early voting

Early voting begins October 26

Mike Baggerman
September 11, 2019 - 3:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - While the Erie County Board of Elections is preparing for the 2019 Election, they are also in the midst of preparing for a new feature for voters in New York that will begin next month: Early voting.

Early voting in Erie County will begin on Saturday, October 26 and run through Sunday, November 3 at dozens of locations across Erie County.

"Within Erie County, you're able to vote at any of the early voting sites within the county," Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said. "We have 37 sites in Erie County where you can cast your ballot early. It doesn't matter where you reside in the county, you can go to any of those early voting sites and cast your ballot."

That means someone who works in Hamburg but lives in Amherst could cast a ballot during their lunch break or any other available time during early voting hours. Early voting is open from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. on weekends.

"We're trying to make it very convenient and accessible for the voters in Erie County," Mohr said.

It also means no more barriers, according to Democratic Elections Commissioner Jeremy Zellner.

"Now, they're going to have ten days to get out there any vote," Zellner said.

The board of elections has already prepared for situations of voter misconduct such as double voting. Zellner and Mohr both told WBEN that poll books will be electronic. When a person signs in to vote once, they'll be unable to sign in again, including on Election Day.

"The poll books will be up-to-the-minute uploading," Zellner said. "When the yshow up for election day, their name will say 'Already voted in the book'. It's a pretty good system. Obviously, security is critical for us. We were very thoughtful in the process in finding a vendor for the software."

The company being used for the electronic pollbook, Tenex Solutions, is already operating in states including California, Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida.

Mohr said that once you've voted once, you can't change your mind and attempt to vote again.

The early voting has required more resources for the Erie County Board of Elections. Mohr said that is cost them an additional $2-3 million for the equipment and staff training.

Election Day 2019 is November 5.

Below is a list of early voting locations in Erie County

  • Erie County Board of Elections, 134 W Eagle St, Buffalo, NY 14202
  • 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 Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
  • NOR- Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207
  • SOU- Tosh Collins Community Center, 35 Cazenovia Street, Buffalo, NY 14210
  • UNI- Gloria J Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Amherst – Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, NY 14226
  • Alden Village Hall, 13336 Main Street, Alden, NY 14004 (can use Town Hall as backup)
  • Aurora Senior Center, 101 King Street, East Aurora, NY 14052
  • Boston Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road, Boston, NY 14025
  • Brant Town Hall, 1272 Brant North Collins Road, 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 Street, Collins, NY 14034
  • Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Springville, NY 14141
  • Elma Senior Center, 3007 Bowen Road, Elma, NY 14059
  • Eden Town Hall, 2795 E Church Street, Eden, NY 14057
  • Evans Town Hall, 8787 Erie Rd, Angola, NY 14006
  • Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072
  • Hamburg- Moose Lodge 992, 45 Church Street, Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Holland Community Center, 3 Legion Drive, Holland, NY 14080
  • Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086
  • Marilla Community Center, 1810 Two Rod Road, Marilla, NY 14102
  • Newstead- Akron Village Hall, 21 Main Street, Akron, NY 14001
  • North Collins Town Hall, 10571 Gowanda State Road, North Collins, NY 14111
  • Orchard Park Town Hall, 4295 S Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
  • Sardinia Town Hall, 12320 Savage Road, Sardinia, NY 14134
  • Tonawanda- Friendship Center, Creekside and Irvington Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150
  • Wales Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Road, Wales Center, NY 14169
  • West Seneca Community Center, 1300 Union Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
  • Lackawanna Senior Citizens Center, 230 Martin Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218
  • Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150

NIAGARA COUNTY EARLY VOTING SITES

  • Saint John De LaSalle Center, 8469 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
  • Wrights Corners Fire Company, 4043 Lake Road, Lockport, NY 14094

 

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