SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — New York State’s first-ever early voting period continues as some deadlines draw closer. The deadline to request an absentee ballot has passed as has the deadline to submit an absentee ballot through the mail. Those with absentee ballots can deliver them to the Onondaga County Board of Elections by November 4th.
New York is the 39th state to have an early voting period. Democratic Elections Commissioner, Dustin Czarny explained why New York finally decided to hold early voting.
“Convenience, choosing your time to vote,” Czarny said. “To hopefully drive up turnout a little.”
So far, it’s working. Over 2600 voters have been processed and 567 of those voters did not vote in 2017. That is a 20% increase already. Czarny added that he wanted to perfect this process now in order to be ready for next year’s Presidential election. More information on this election can be found at the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.