Voters will be permitted to hit the polls nearly two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 5 thanks to the state's new early voting provisions.
As per new laws established in January through Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature, early voting will begin Saturday, Oct. 26.
Special voting locations will be open from that day through to Nov. 3, followed by a one-day break Nov. 4 as voting commissioners statewide gear up for Election Day. As part of the law, the state has allocated $10 million to reimburse counties for costs associated with early voting sites.
Herkimer County will have one early voting site.
The new law mandates at least one early voting station in every county for every 50,000 registered voters, though each county does not need more than seven, according to the Division of Budget.
People who vote during the early voting period will not be permitted to vote on Election Day.
Here is a breakdown of the dates and times early voting will be open locally:
Early voting will be held in room 301 of the Herkimer County Office Building, 109 Mary St., Herkimer. The poll site is accessible to voters with physical disabilities.
Here are the hours:
• Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 28; Thursday, Oct. 31; Friday, Nov. 1: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 30: Noon to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All registered voters in Herkimer County are eligible to vote at this site during designated hours.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact the county Board of Elections 315-867-1102 or email@example.com. More information can also be found on the county website at https://www.herkimercounty.org/government/board-of-elections/.