Erie County Prepares for Early Voting

37 polling locations chosen for November election

Tom Puckett
May 31, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Early voting is coming to New York, and the Erie County Board of Elections is getting ready with more than three dozens sites for you to cast your ballot before the November general elections.

Republican Commissioner Ralph Mohr and Democratic Commissioner Jeremy Zellner agreed to one polling place for approximately every 16,000 voters, a total of 37 locations.

“Our goal is to make early voting as convenient as possible,” Mohr said. “Voters who don’t have public transportation or who may live in rural areas shouldn’t have to waste time and money on travel. We believe these locations answer those concerns and go above and beyond what the state requires.” 

“New York historically has among the lowest turnouts in the nation, and early voting will make it possible for more residents to take part in the electoral process,” Zellner said. “This list makes sense demographically and geographically, and we look forward to a very successful early voting debut.”

Early voting was one of a package of election reforms adopted by state lawmakers in January. It goes into effect for the 2019 general election and will include primaries starting in 2020.

Will it increase turnout? "That's the theory but the actual practicality is wait and see," says Mohr. Zellner notes New York has had some of the lowest turnout in the nation, and it's tough to cast a ballot. "What we hope to have is eliminate somebody who couldn't go out and vote on Election Day to have nine days before to vote. This doesn't seem to affect turnout in many states, but we'll have to wait and see what happens," says Zellner.

Absentee ballots will also be available this year. But in any case, both Mohr and Zellner say once you've cast your ballot, there's no going back and changing it. 

This year’s nine-day early voting period begins Saturday, October 26. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

Find the full list of early voting sites (subject to change) below.

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

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