Voting is easier than ever, but it’s important to understand how to use the new ways to vote, and which is best for you.
This year there are three ways to vote:
· Absentee ballot, which is now available to everyone.
· In-person early voting, starting on October 24.
· In-person voting on Election Day (November 3).
The Albany County Board of Elections: This is all made easier by the fact that the Board of Elections office is conveniently located in our neighborhood at 224 South Pearl Street (the old DMV building). Their phone number is (518) 487-5060, and email is email@example.com. The office is open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there is a Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol outside the building during those hours and they are set up for social distancing, so we don’t need to be concerned about in-person visits. The website is https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/board-of-elections
has an easy link to request the absentee ballot form, or you
*Temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19. But this last line is not included on the printed form. Check that box anyway.
Early Voting by machine begins Saturday, October 24 and end on Sunday November 1 at the Board of Elections office at 224 South Pearl Street. Early voting is just the same as if you were voting on Election Day. You can vote Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To repeat: Albany County has Sheriff’s Deputies on patrol outside the building during office hours and the board office is set up for social distancing.
Election Day Voting is from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. If you did not get a card from the Board of Elections with your polling place and are not sure, give them a call.
Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.
Early voting is also a healthy and time-saving option that lets you avoid the crowds on Election Day.
If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:
· Wear a mask or other face covering.
· Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
· Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.