County will have early voting option for 9 days prior to Nov. 5 election

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 October 2019 at 2:55 pm

ALBION – Registered voters in Orleans County will have the option to cast their ballots in early voting this year.

The county will accept ballots at the Board of Elections from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3. The county will have election inspectors on site and residents can vote as in any other election.

The option is part of a state mandate to allow greater access to the polls. The state is providing Orleans County with $27,251 towards the cost of implementing the reform.

The state is requiring at least one polling location for early voting for every 50,000 registered voters. The county was able to meet the standard with one polling location because it has 24,590 registered voters.

The Board of Elections moved in July from a suite in the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Facility to the new addition on the County Administration Building, located behind the nursing home at 14016 Route 31.

The county will have four election inspectors on duty – 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats – for early voting.

The hours the polls will be open include:

Oct. 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oct. 28 (Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 29-30 (Tuesday and Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (Thursday and Friday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The general election is Nov. 5 with polls in the 10 towns in Orleans County open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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