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Early voting begins in New York next weekend: here’s what you need to know

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NEW YORK (WBNG) -- Early voting begins in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Early voting is already underway across many states in the U.S., and in some cases, it's accompanied by wait times of up to 11 hours.

12 News spoke to the Broome County Board of Elections who say while they don't know exactly what to expect, they are ready.

"So, hopefully, we avoid long lines and a lot of congestion, but if voters are in a situation where they're in rush hour on election day or they happen to go to an early voting site where a lot of other voters are there at the same time, our poll workers will do whatever they can to ensure and encourage safe social distancing and safe COVID practices," said Mark E. Smith, Republican Commissioner for the BOE.

The Board of Elections highlights some of the measures they have in place for a safe voting experience, saying each poll worker will be wearing a mask at all times, hand sanitizer will be readily available, there will be clear directions for walking in and out to avoid congestion, and any surface, pen, or tablet will be sterilized after use.

For more information and to find out the early voting sites and times click here.


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