The Town of Grand Island and the Erie County Board of Elections announced this week that the Western New York Welcome Center on Alvin Road will be used as an additional early voting location for the upcoming elections in New York state.
Board of Election’s officials recommend that voters utilize absentee balloting as the safest means of voting, however, for those choosing to vote in person, social distancing and avoiding areas with larger groups remains some of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while casting a ballot.
The WNY Welcome Center will be used for early voting prior to the elections in New York state, including the 2020 primary election on June 23 and 2020 general election on Nov. 3.
The WNY Welcome Center, located at 1999 Alvin Road on Grand Island, will be used as a polling location during the following dates and times:
•Early voting for state and federal primary elections from Saturday, June 13, to Sunday, June 21, on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. and on weekdays from noon to 9 p.m.
•Early voting for general election day from Saturday, Oct. 24, to Sunday, Nov. 1, on weekends from noon to 5 p.m. and on weekdays from noon to 9 p.m.
Voters using the WNY Welcome Center are required to use facemasks or other cloth face-coverings and will be required to maintain social distance. Additionally, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, poll workers will clean and disinfect voting areas during polling site hours.
The Western New York Welcome Center will remain open to travelers during the scheduled polling dates and times.
Residents can find guidance on voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, information about how to register to vote, how to search for poll sites and more on the New York State Board of Elections website or by calling 518-474-6220.
Registered voters in Erie County can cast their ballot at any designated early voting location. For a complete list, voters can visit the Erie County Board of Elections website.