Early Voting Starts Saturday on Long Island

A voter casts her ballot in Nassau County.

Voters can begin casting their ballots in the 2020 elections Saturday when polling sites open on Long Island as the nine-day early voting period begins in New York State ahead of Election Day.

Voters can cast their ballots at any one of the 12 early voting sites in Suffolk or 15 early voting sites in Nassau between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1. Polls close on Nov. 2 and then reopen on Nov. 3.

“Please, let your voice be heard,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran told reporters during a news conference Friday in Mineola.

Voters have three ways to cast their ballots: Absentee ballot, early voting, and heading to the polls on Election Day.

Absentee ballot request forms must be emailed, faxed, or postmarked by Oct. 27. Nov. 2 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person from the board of elections offices. To apply, download the absentee ballot request form at absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov, email [email protected] for a copy, and mail the completed form to the Nassau or Suffolk board of elections.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nassau Board of Elections officials said that the agency has received more than 150,000 requests for absentee ballots, more than triple the amount from the 2016 presidential election. The agency purchased two high-speed scanners to speed up the process of counting ballots, but can’t start counting until seven days after Election Day. That is expected to slow results.

Officials also noted that police and elections officials will be patrolling polling sites to watch for possible electioneering or voter intimidation.

Suffolk’s early voting locations and times can be found at suffolkcountyny.gov Nassau early voting locations and times can be found at nassaucountyny.gov Polls are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day.

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