(WNY News Now) – Commissioners Luz E. Torres and Brian C. Abram have unveiled the early voting sites, dates, and times for the upcoming November 7, 2023, General Election in Chautauqua County.
MAYVILLE, NY – In preparation for the forthcoming General Election on November 7, 2023, Chautauqua County is gearing up for early voting. On Wednesday, Commissioners Luz E. Torres and Brian C. Abram of the Chautauqua County Board of Elections announced the crucial details regarding early voting, ensuring that residents have convenient access to the polls.
Chautauqua County will open four early voting sites, as Commissioner Torres and Commissioner Abram jointly revealed. These sites are strategically located to accommodate a broad spectrum of voters, enhancing accessibility for all eligible residents.
The early voting sites and their respective locations are as follows:
Chautauqua County Fairgrounds Early Voting Site: This site will be situated at the 4-H Building/Ag & Expo Center, 1089 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048.
Chautauqua Mall Early Voting Site: Voters can access this location through the Main Entrance at 318 E Fairmount Ave, Lakewood, NY 14750.
Robert H. Jackson Center Early Voting Site: This site is located at 305 E 4th St, Jamestown, NY 14701. Voters should use the main entrance off Prendergast Ave.
Board of Elections Office Early Voting Site: The Board of Elections Office is housed in the Hall R. Clothier Building at the County Complex in Mayville, 7 N Erie St, Mayville, NY 14757.
To enhance voter experience and make the process more accessible, each site will be well-marked to guide voters to their respective entrances. Importantly, all registered voters in Chautauqua County can cast their ballots early at any of these four locations.
The operating hours for all early voting sites will remain consistent throughout the early voting period:
Saturdays and Sundays: 9 AM to 5 PM
Monday and Tuesday: 12 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
This year, early voting will be available from Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, November 5, spanning a nine-day period and commencing ten days before the General Election. It is important to note that early voting will not be offered on Monday, November 6.
Commissioner Abram expressed pride in the selection of these locations, emphasizing the positive partnerships that have been forged. He underlined their commitment to serving voters and ensuring a seamless voting experience.
All early voting sites in Chautauqua County are equipped to be handicap accessible, and for voters with disabilities, they provide a Ballot Marking Device to facilitate the voting process.
It’s essential for early voters to be aware that once they cast their ballot early, they will not be eligible to vote again during subsequent early voting days or on Election Day. Furthermore, if a voter requests an Absentee Ballot, recent changes in the law will prevent them from using the voting machine during early voting or on Election Day. Instead, they will only be able to cast a Provisional Affidavit Ballot, which can be counted if the Absentee Ballot has not already been returned.
For those seeking more information about the upcoming election, the Board of Elections website, votechautauqua.com, provides access to Sample Ballots. This resource enables voters to review their ballots before heading to a poll site. Additionally, Sample Ballots will also be available at each of the early voting locations.