New York to Finally Get Early Voting

While election day in NYC for a number of local races is still almost two weeks away, taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 5th, a new law passed by the state legislature this year allows New Yorkers to begin early voting nine days in advance.

This means that starting on Saturday, Oct. 26th, through Sunday, Nov. 3rd, New York residents who are registered to vote can visit designated locations and cast their ballots early at their convenience.

While the number of polling places in NYC on election day has reached 1,231 locations as of 2018, the number of early voting sites in the city as of now will be 61, with 18 of those in Brooklyn.

The official link for checking your voting site information for early voting and for election day is here:

The hours are as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 10am-4pm

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 10am-4pm

Monday, Oct. 28th, 9am-5pm

Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 7am-8pm

Wednesday, Oct. 30rd, 9am-5pm

Thursday, Oct. 31st, 9am-5pm

Friday, Nov. 1rd, 7am-8pm

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 10am-4pm

Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 10am-4pm

Another change coming this election is that the days of voluminous registration books that poll workers used to find voters’ names at the election site are now a thing of the past, with new tablets now doing that job electronically.

Voters will receive special ID cards in the mail that can be scanned to pull up their information, or they can provide their names which poll workers will be able to type in and quickly pull up on their screens. The printed versions will remain a backup option in case of a problem with the new electronic system

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