By Bernie Kellman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – For the first time ever, Onondaga County voters can cast their ballots before election day on Nov. 5.
New York’s first ever early voting period started this past Saturday and runs until Sunday Nov. 3. Voters in Onondaga County can go to any of the six polling places in their home county to cast their votes before election day.
Along with the early voting, Onondaga County is also introducing new electronic voter sign-in stations at polling places. These electronic polling pads instantly pull up a registered voter’s voter information, address, and more in order to quicken the voting process.
“I think there’s always a concern when you’re rolling out new technology, but once the people understood that you’re not voting electronically, you’re still voting on paper, and all we’re really doing is replacing those ledgers we used to have,” said Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County Board of Elections Commissioner. “We’re getting a more efficient system that’s still pretty secure. People are liking it a lot.”
This is also the first year that the New York state government is funding Onondaga County’s elections. According to Czarny state funding for local elections is a massive help to the Onondaga County government. The state funding will allow the local government to save money now so that they can be more flexible with the county budget moving forward.
For more information about this year’s elections visit the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.