Voters will be able to start voting in the 2020 elections on Saturday, when the polling place will open on Long Island, as the nine-day early voting period begins in New York before the election day.
Voters can vote on either Suffolk’s 12 early voting sites or Nassau’s 15 early voting sites from October 24th to November 1st. Voting ends on November 2nd and resumes on November 3rd.
“Please let me hear your voice,” Nassau County executive Laura Curran told reporters at a press conference in Mineola on Friday.
Voters can vote in three ways: absentee ballot, early voting, and election day voting.
The absentee ballot application must be emailed, faxed, or postmarked by October 27. November 2nd is the final day to apply for an absentee ballot directly from the Election Commission. To apply, please download the absentee ballot request form. absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov, Email a copy to BOEInfo@suffolkcountyny.gov and mail the completed form to the Nassau or Suffolk Election Commission.
An official of the Nassau Election Commission said the coronavirus pandemic had requested more than 150,000 absentee votes, more than triple the 2016 presidential election. The agency has purchased two high-speed scanners to speed up the ballot counting process, but cannot start counting until seven days after the election date. It is expected to slow down the results.
Officials also said police and election authorities would patrol polling stations to monitor potential elections and threats to voters.
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