PUSH Buffalo and League of Women Voters  Urge  Residents to Take Advantage of Early Voting !

Early Voting is  Now Available for the First Time in New York State  history starting on Saturday, October 26!

PUSH Buffalo and the League of Women Voters will hold a  press conference Thursday, October 24  from 2 to 3 p.m. at PUSH Buffalo, 429 Plymouth Avenue to publicize New York State’s new early voting law and its impact on WNY voters. With passage of the new law in 2019, New Yorkers no longer have to choose between our personal responsibilities, our jobs, and casting our vote. 

Instead, New Yorkers now have 10 days to choose from to vote in November’s upcoming election. Registered voters can cast their ballot early, from Saturday, October 26th to Sunday, November 3rd, or vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 5th. PUSH Buffalo and the League of Women Voters are trying to reach all voters to inform them that it’s now easier to vote. 

“We’re encouraging voters to take advantage of the new law and hit the polls to vote. Now more than ever, we need registered voters from across Buffalo to get out to vote,” encouraged PUSH in a recent press statement. “Ten locations in the City of Buffalo have been designated for early voting,(see chart at bottom of this article for times etc)  with additional locations across Erie County.” The following locations in Buffalo designated for early voting include:

•Board of Elections main office, 134 West Eagle St., Buffalo, NY 14202

• North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd., Buffalo, NY 14216

•The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Buffalo, NY 14201

• Broadway Market, 999 Broadway Ave., Buffalo, NY 14212

•Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215

• Salvation Army West Side Community Center, 187 Grant St., Buffalo, NY 14213

•Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207

•Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214 

The press conference will be comducted by  Kawiye Jumale (Push Buffalo Street Team), Angel Rosado (PUSH Buffalo Street Team), and Barbara Gunderson (President, League of Women Voters)

  -Beyond Convenience-

New York State is the 39th state to have access to early voting. Early voting allows for less stress at the polls and more convenient voting times and locations.

However according to some supporters, Early Voting  isn’t merely a matter of convenience. It’s also  a recognition of the fact that many forms of historic discrimination and economic inequality have also, as a downstream consequence, made it harder for minorities to vote.

And remember – if you don’t vote “early” – make sure you go to the polls on Election Day – Tuesday November 5th!

 -Free Voters Guide-

In a related development, the League of Women’s Voters recently  announced  the publication of a free nonpartisan 2019 Voters Guide and the Vote411.org website to  help WNY citizens make informed decisions. More than 20,000 printed copies have been distributed to city, town and village halls in Erie and Niagara Counties, as well as public libraries, and many community centers and college libraries.  Voters can also take advantage of online access at Vote411.org or lwvbn.org. or go to elections.erie.gov to find  full listing and more info  or call 716 858-8891

In Other Voting News 

Civil Rights Groups Go To Trial In New York To Stop Voter Suppression

New York, NY – Trial has begun in a voting rights case that will affect hundreds of thousands of voters in New York City and statewide.  The case, which is led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Common Cause New York, together with pro bono law firm Dechert LLP and Latino Justice PRLDEF, is being heard at a federal courthouse in Manhattan .

The lawsuit, Common Cause New York vs. Brehm, challenges New York State’s practice of removing thousands of eligible voters from the poll books used on Election Day and forcing these voters to cast provisional ballots, which may or may not be counted. These practices not only add to wait times at polling places but regularly disenfranchise eligible voters, disproportionately affect minority, low-income, and young voters.