Can't wait to vote this year?

You don't have to.

New state laws established in January will allow voters to begin casting ballots on designated days starting Saturday and running through through Nov. 3. There will be a one day break on Monday, Nov. 4, so voting commissioners statewide can prepare Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5. As part of the law, the state has allocated $10 million to reimburse counties for costs associated with early voting sites.

This is a plus for democracy. Limiting voting to just one day can be an inconvenience for some who for whatever reason can't get to the polls on Election Day. Early voting provides ample opportunities to get out and vote on a day that might be more convenient.

Take advantage of it. And help others - a family member or neighbor, perhaps - who might need a ride to the polls and could go at a more leisurely time if assisted.

Oneida County will have three early voting sites. Herkimer County and Madison County will each have one. All locations are accessible to voters with disabilities, according to the Board of Elections.

Early voting sites in your area:

Oneida County

• Boehlert Center at Union Station (third floor), 321 Main St., Utica

• Rome YMCA, 301 W. Bloomfield St., Rome

• New Hartford Town Hall at the former Gander Mountain, The Orchards, 8635 Clinton St., New Hartford

Hours:

• Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 28; Wednesday, Oct. 30; Friday, Nov. 1 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 31 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (New Hartford site is open until 8 p.m.)

• Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If necessary, residents can pick up an application for an absentee ballot by visiting the Board of Elections at Union Station, downloading one online at ocgov.net/elections or calling 315-798-5765.

Herkimer County

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.

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 hcboe@herkimercounty.org. More information can also be found on the county website at https://www.herkimercounty.org/government/board-of-elections/.

Madison County

Voting will be available at the Madison County Board of Elections Office, 138 N. Court St., Wampsville. County officials said voters will use the same voting system that will be used on Election Day.

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 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Absentee application forms are available on the Board of Elections website at madisoncounty.ny.gov/boe. Residents can also call 315-366-2231 or visit the office to fill out a sheet in person.