Sunday marked the second day of early voting in Erie County with 13-thousand voters casting their ballot Sunday in the county.

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NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV) reports that brings the two-day total to over 28-thousand votes, surpasses what we saw through early voting last year.

While this enthusiasm is causing long lines at the polls, voters say they don’t mind the wait.

“Even though the lines are long, I’m afraid that if I wait until voting day they’ll even be twice as long. Because theirs such a big turnout for voting that’s really important, so I thought id rather wait now than November 3,” said Colleen Lokken.
“It’s great to see the people out and the turnout, its what we need,” said voter Jerry Tiedemann.

Yesterday, nearly 15-thousand people in Erie County alone cast a ballot for the first day of early voting.

According to the New York State Board of Elections,  New York State Law provides three options to registered voters to vote in the 2020 general election.

Here are the voting options in New York State:

• Vote early. The early voting period starts on October 24th and ends on November 1st.

• Vote on election day, November 3, 2020. Polling sites are open from 6 am to 9 pm.

• Vote by absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot by online portal, email, phone, mail, in-person or fax.

Visit this link for more information on how to apply and return an absentee ballot. All early voting sites and poll sites will have safety protocols to address COVID-19.

Please wear a mask, social distance at the site, and use hand sanitizer. Sites will be routinely disinfected. More information on general guidance provided to County Boards of Elections regarding COVID-19 is listed here.

Polling location times vary county by county which are listed here.