JAMESTOWN – Early voting is scheduled to get underway across the state this weekend, the first-time ever in New York State.
In Chautauqua County, voters can cast their ballot early at the Board of Election Offices in Mayville, the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds 4-H Building in Dunkirk or the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.
New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says early voting opens the window for everyone to make their voice heard.
“You can go on a weekend, you can go after hours, you have ten days before the next election to make your voice heard,” Hochul told WNYNewsNow during a recent interview. “These elections are critically important, for state senate, elections for mayor if you live in Dunkirk or Jamestown, your city officials, your town.”
“I was a local official for 14 years, so many important decisions are made at the local level that effects your lives,” explained Hochul. “Everyone needs to participate.”
Voters can cast their ballots as early as Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 from noon until 5 p.m.
They can also vote Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 from noon until 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from noon until 5 p.m.
Election officials say those who cast a ballot during the early voting period will be ineligible to cast a ballot on Election Day.
For more information visit VoteChautauqua.com or call the Chautauqua County Board of Elections at (716) 753-4580.
In Cattaraugus County, residents can vote early at two early voting sites: Cattaraugus County Board of Elections in Little Valley and the Jamestown Community College Olean Campus.
More details for Cattaraugus County residents are available on the county’s Board of Elections website.