Written by Jasmine
This year was the first year ever that New York state residents were able to cast their ballot up to 9 days earlier than usual, thanks to a new law passed to help increase voter turnout.
Starting this past Saturday, October 26th and running until Sunday, November 3rd, NYS residents can choose from several different voting locations within their county to vote, regardless of where they are registered.
So far, 49,639 total New Yorkers statewide have participated in early voting. As for Monroe county, more than 4,200 people turned out to the seven different early polling locations to cast their ballots.
The numbers also tell an interesting story, it turns out more Democrats than Republicans showed up this weekend. Of the total voters from this weekend, 57% were registered Democrats, 25% were registered Republicans and 12% weren’t registered to any party.
According to the Democratic Monroe County Election Commissioner, Colleen Anderson, “Well we’ve seen a change in enrollment.”
Within this past year, Monroe County has seen 3,116 more registered Democrats and 2,980 fewer registered Republicans, outside of the city of Rochester.
This election year is going to be an interesting one! To find an early voting location near you, visit www.voteearlyny.org/.
|Fall 2019 Early Voting Dates & Times|
|Saturday||October 26||9 am – 2 pm|
|Sunday||October 27||1 pm – 6 pm|
|Monday||October 28||7 am – 3 pm|
|Tuesday||October 29||12 pm – 8 pm|
|Wednesday||October 30||12 pm – 8 pm|
|Thursday||October 31||7 am – 3 pm|
|Friday||November 1||7 am – 3 pm|
|Saturday||November 2||1 pm – 6 pm|
|Sunday||November 3||9 am – 2 pm|