With less than a week before election day, Nov. 6, Steuben County voters have already filled out 1,347 absentee ballots, according to the Steuben County Board of Elections.
Those who will not be in the area for election day can fill out an absentee ballot at the Steuben County Board of Elections at 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
However, for those who will not be able to make those hours, the Board extended work hours. They will be open Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon and Monday will be the last day to fill out an absentee vote.
“Everyone should vote but, not everybody is able to get to the poll,” Ali Murphy, a resident of Corning, said. “I have a sister-in-law who is infirm, she’s basically a shut-in, she always votes by absentee ballot.”
Vicky Olin, Republican Commissioner at the Steuben County Board of Elections, said although the window to submit mail applications for absentee ballots has passed, coming into the office and casting that absentee vote is just as critical as casting a vote on election day.
“I want people to know that if they vote by affidavit or if they vote by absentee, especially absentee, all of their votes are counted,” Olin said. “We just have to do it after the election, we can’t do the same day as the election, and so those are added into our certified election results.”
Steuben County has a total of 62,585 registered voters.
Of that amount, total registered voters in the top five parties include:
- Republican – 30,082
- Democrat – 15,458
- Blank (no party) – 11, 876
- Independence – 3,410
- Conservative – 1,051
“Go out and vote, it’s the only way to make your voice heard is by going out and voting and being a part of that process,” Olin said.
Steuben County registered voters can begin casting ballots on Nov. 6 in any of the 54 polling sites starting at 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.