(WBNG) -- You have increased options in New York this year for how to vote in the presidential elections.
New Yorkers can vote this November in one of three ways: by absentee ballot, early voting or on Election Day.
There are many changes to the absentee ballot process this year, including using COVID-19 concerns as a reason to request an absentee ballot. New York has had relatively strict guidelines for absentee voting in years past, but fear of illness is now an accepted reason for requesting an absentee ballot.
The Chenango County Board of Elections told 12 News each registered voter was mailed an absentee ballot application back in June. For this November's election however, voters will have to request an application.
New Yorkers can also participate in early voting at the polls, a law that went into effect in 2019. New York's early voting period for this upcoming election is Oct. 24 to Nov. 1. The state website says times and poll sites will vary by place to place.
Voters are still able to vote in-person in New York on Election Day this year, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The State Board of Elections warns residents your polling site could be different since the last time you voted, so check with your county.
New York has passed several election reforms this year such as lengthening the time period you can mail your absentee ballot, creating a way to drop your absentee ballot off in person without waiting in line, and new sanitization requirements.
For information on how to request an absentee ballot in the Southern Tier, click here.
For information on where your polling sites will be for in-person voting either early or on Election Day in the Southern Tier, click on your county below: