Early-voting polling places in Oneida County have been chosen by the Board of Elections: Union Station in Utica, the new New Hartford Town Hall, and the Westmoreland Fire Hall.
The early voting requirement was set by a package of election reform bills adopted by the state Legislature this year. Early voting allows voters to cast ballots up to 10 days before Election Day and takes effect for this year’s general elections in November. The law says that counties have at least one early voting polling place for each 50,000 registered voters. For Oneida County, with 128,000 registered voters, that means at least two. Early-voting polls have to be open at least eight hours on weekdays and five hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
Early voting will start on Oct. 26 and end on Nov. 3. Early voting requires poll workers for each site through the run of the period rather than just on Election Day. Prospective poll workers may call the Board of Elections at 315-798-5765.