IMV's Guide to Voting in 2020
Due to the unprecedented times of COVID-19 and the importance of this election, Indivisible Mohawk Valley recommends that those who are healthy and feel safe request your absentee ballot AND vote early. Have the power to cast your ballot via absentee in case you are unexpectedly home-bound leading up to the election.
There are three ways to cast your ballot.
Absentee ballot: a paper ballot that has two envelopes and is signed, sealed, and either dropped off at a designated location or mailed back to the board of elections.
Early Voting: New York now offers 9 days of early voting with varying hours by location. It includes two weekends and a full week for you to vote in person.
Election day: the last day to vote in person at your designated polling location only.
- A United States citizen
- At least 18 years of age on election day, November 3, 2020
- Registered at least 25 days before the election
Make sure you and all your friends and family are registered at your current address and have a plan to vote. A person can register to vote before they turn 18 as long as they will be 18 before election day.
Always check the front and back side of your paper ballot!
On the front, you will see a grid with the list of political parties on the left side going down, and the candidate positions listed across the top. Vote across the row, not down the column.
New York has fusion voting, which means that there are multiple political parties who can cross-endorse. You will see the candidates’ names on multiple lines in the same column. Your vote on any line counts for that candidate.
WHEN & WHERE
You can request your absentee ballot right now! You can call your board of elections with your request, request it online, go to the Board of Elections to submit a request, or mail in an application. The BoE will send you your paper absentee ballot in the mail, or you can pick it up. You will complete it and again either drop it off or mail it. If mailed, it must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received by November 10, 2020. It can also be dropped off at an early voting polling site or at your election day polling location.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 27, 2020, but IMV recommends requesting it right now and mailing your ballot no later than October 20, 2020.
Early Voting in Oneida County
LOCATIONS (all locations are accessible to voters with physical disabilities):
- South Rome Senior Center, 112 Ridge St, Rome
- New Hartford Town Hall (Old Gander Mountain Building), The Orchards, 8635 Clinton St, New Hartford
- Mohawk Valley Community College - Jorgensen Center, 1101 Sherman Dr., Utica
- Sat, Oct. 24 10-3
- Sun, Oct. 25 10-3
- Mon, Oct. 26 10-6
- Tues, Oct. 27 10-6 (New Hartford open until 8)
- Wed, Oct. 28 10-6
- Thur, Oct. 29 10-6 (New Hartford open until 8)
- Fri, Oct. 30 10-6
- Sat, Oct. 31 10-3
- Sun, Nov. 1 10-3
Early Voting in Herkimer County
Visit voteearlyny.org to find early voting locations and hours for other counties.
LOCATION (accessible to voters with physical disabilities):
- Herkimer College Athletic Complex, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer
- Sat, Oct. 24 9-2
- Sun, Oct. 25 9-2
- Mon, Oct. 26 9-5
- Tues, Oct. 27 12-8
- Wed, Oct. 28 12-8
- Thur, Oct. 29 9-5
- Fri, Oct. 30 9-5
- Sat, Oct. 31 9-2
- Sun, Nov. 1 9-2
Democracy is not a spectator sport. We all must get involved. Voting in a free and fair election is a cornerstone of our democracy. If we don’t protect it and keep it alive daily, it can get taken away from us. This is why we encourage everyone to become active in politics, and we’d love to have you join Indivisible Mohawk Valley as your political activism community.