(WUTR-TV) — The is only the second year New York State has had early voting as an option and the first time it’s been available for a presidental election. Early voting kicked off Saturday the 24th, and since then, thousands of residents in the mohawk valley have already casted a ballot.
In Oneida County, over 1400 people came to vote on Saturday and over 1300 on sunday. In Herkimer County more than 500 voters came on Saturday and again on Sunday. Otsego County had over 1,100 residents vote over the weekend.
All counties’ board of elections say they’ve already had more people this weekend vote early than they’ve had in total last year. There’s also been huge demand for absentee ballots. Oneida County has reported more than 18,000, Herkimer County has sent out over 4,800 and Otsego County has had over 6,000.
All counties say, so far, the process has been smooth. Although the lines have been long, they’ve been moving quickly and voters have been patient and have followed the COVID-19 guidelines.
Early voting is available from now until Sunday, November 1st. Hours vary by county and location.
You can request an absentee ballot until October 27th by mail and November 2nd in person. All absentee ballots must be post marked by November 3rd. For more information, check you county’s board of elections website or go to www.elections.ny.gov.