ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — The pandemic has changed the way changed the way we operate and how people are choosing to vote in the general election. This year voters may opt for early voting to avoid overcrowding.
“Early voting starts October 24th and we have three sites throughout the county. One site is at the Mohawk Valley Community College, The Jorgensen Center. One site is at the Town of New Hartford Town building and one site is at the South Rome Senior Center.” – Rose Grimaldi, Republican Commissioner, Oneida County Board of Elections
You can cast your early ballot up until Sunday, November 1st. There are many hours of operations depending on which location you choose.
“What’s very important for the voters to know is, you can vote at any of the 3 sites wherever you live in Oneida County.” – Rose Grimaldi, Republican Commissioner, Oneida County Board of Elections
You don’t need an appointment. When you walk in, you’ll give the inspectors your name and sign using a poll pad, then your ballot will be printed and handed to you in envelope for you to fill out in a privacy booth, before placing it into the machine. It’s quick and simple, but voters are reminded to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.
“All of our workers will wear masks. We will have hand sanitizer they will be sanitizing the booth. We will have a Deputy Sheriff at all three sites to help with social distancing. People also need to a wear a mask. COVID has been around for awhile now so people need to also be responsible. You know stay the 6-feet apart.” – Rose Grimaldi, Republican Commissioner, Oneida County Board of Elections
There are also drop boxes at all three locations for absentee ballots. Oneida County Board of Elections is encouraging residents to take advantage of early voting and help limit the number of people out on election night.