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Last month, state elections officials canceled the Democratic presidential primary, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that the primary must happen on June 23. 

It's the latest shift in an unusual election season, leaving Board of Elections officials like LaShana Boose scrambling to adapt.

With a little over a month before early voting starts, Boose said the board was already planning to send out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters as a result of an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The state's first-ever early balloting period started Saturday. Voters can cast votes at select polling locations until Nov 3, instead of waiting until Election Day, Nov. 5.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was expected to vote Saturday in Buffalo. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation in January authorizing early voting, hasn't said if he'll vote in the early period, or on Election Day.

New York is a latecomer to early voting. All but 12 states already had it. Advocates hope expanded ballot box access will increase turnout.

New York’s first-ever early voting begins Saturday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 3.

The new system is a little wobbly -- and may be a little confusing. WXXI Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down recently with the League of Women Voter’s Laura Ladd Bierman to help explain how it will work. Click on the LISTEN link above to hear the interview.

In Monroe County, here's where you can find early voting polling sites:

The state’s new early voting system doesn’t begin until Saturday, but some lawmakers and voting rights advocates already want changes to the law.

New York Attorney General Tish James led off a rally in New York City to bring attention to the new law, which permits nine additional days for voters to cast a ballot.

“Starting this Saturday, New Yorkers can now vote early for the first time,” James said to cheers.

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Registered voters in Monroe County will be able to cast their ballots at seven early voting sites starting Saturday.


For a nine-day stretch from Saturday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 3, you can cast your vote ahead of Election Day. It’s the first year for early voting in New York state, and the Monroe County Board of Elections is preparing seven locations where you can cast your vote.

Republican elections Commissioner Doug French says registered voters can go to any of the polling sites.