LITTLE VALLEY — The locations have been chosen. The equipment purchased. The parking spots set to designate.
But elections officials said much work is still needed before the biggest change to New York voting in more than a century begins later this month.
In Cattaraugus County, Democratic Commissioner Kevin Burleson said he will be ready for a public information blitz on the new early voting system shortly.
“We’re still waiting for the delivery of the special equipment,” he said, adding that he did not want to spread the wrong information if, for example, the equipment does not work properly and an alternative system is needed. “We’re still right in the middle of preparations.”
Voting will be held Oct. 28 through Nov. 3 at the elections office, in the former Little Valley school.
In addition, the same hours will be observed at the Community Room at the JCC-Cattaraugus County Campus College Center at 260 N. Union St. in Olean. Two parking spaces on North Union Street will be designated for early voting, city officials said.
Cattaraugus County early voting hours will be:
- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26
- Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 27
- Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 28
- 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 29
- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 30
- 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31
- Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 1
- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2
- Noon-5 p.m. Nov. 3
The most important thing to remember, he said, is voters “get one opportunity to vote. You cannot vote on another early voting day.”
The system will bar anyone from registering at two polling places, as well — whether it is both of the early voting stations or during early voting and again at the voter’s regular polling place on Nov. 5.
“If you vote in early voting, and then you submit an absentee ballot, the absentee ballot won’t count,” he added.
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