Early Voting in Onondaga County Early Voting in Onondaga County

Onondaga County voting advocates aim to educate voters.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)  — “This isn’t a social club,” said Roberta Miller, treasurer of the League of Women Voters.

Watching the members shuffled into the dining room of Tony’s Family Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, it might be difficult to believe otherwise.

After a few seconds of chatter, the members got right down to business. The goal of this organization: to educate the community on voting.

But it is not that simple. The non-partisan group holds events to encourage voters to come out to the polls.


Members of LWV in a meeting
According to the Onondaga County Board of Elections, the county hasn’t seen an increase in voter turnout since the 2016 election spike.
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Miller said voter education is the most important. She and the League work to spread information about voting changes in New York.

For the first time  in New York state, registered voters are able to vote in an early voting period from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3

Voter turnout in New York State is among the lowest in the country. Miller thinks the early voting period will encourage more people to get to the polls.

“The proof will be in the numbers of people who come out to vote,” said Miller.

Miller said early voting is a good thing, but there’s more that can be done to increase voter turnout. The League of Women Voters advocates for same-day voter registration and other reforms to see growth at the polls.

Absentee ballots are still an option but must be requested before Oct. 29.

In Onondaga County, there are six early voting locations spread out over Clay, Syracuse, Van Buren and LaFayette. If you choose to vote early, you cannot vote on election day.

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