BLACK FOLK MUST VOTE! ARE YOU REGISTERED?

As reported in an August NY Times article, since the George Floyd protests in the first half of June there was more than a 50% increase of Democratic registered voters over previous months, but is that enough? As we near voter registration deadlines and one of the most critical elections in Americas history we can’t stress enough that BLACK FOLK MUST VOTE!  The Question is ARE YOU REGISTERED?   

Election Day November 3! Here’s what you need to know:

Registration Deadline is October 9 for in person and online registration. 

If you are mailing in your application, it must be post marked by Oct 9 and received by the Board of Elections by October 14.

Board of election office hours are 9am – 5pm and for general inquires call 716 858-8891.

-Who Can Vote- 

•You must be a US citizen and resident of NY State and of the city, county, or village you live at least 25 days before the election day.

•You must be at least 18 years of age. Residents who are age 16 & 17 are allowed to pre-register but have to wait until they are of the voting age. 

*You cannot vote if you are in prison or on parole for a felony unless pardoned or have regained rights of citizenship. You cannot vote if you have been found mentally incompetent by a court. 

-Ways You Can Register- 

•Go to VOTE.ORG

•You can register in person by October 9  at a number of local offices in the city of Buffalo like the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Labor, Department of Social Services; Department of Health – WIC Program; Department of Labor; Division of Veterans’ Services; and other locations in the area that are listed on the Erie County Board of Elections website www.elections.erie.gov  .

•You can register by mail by obtaining an application from designated areas, like the one’s listed above or you can download your registration form from www.elections.erie.gov/VoterRegister

•You can register online by going to sites like Vote.org to fill out the registration form that takes roughly 2 minutes and if unsure about being registered already you can also check your status on the vote.org site.

•Remember to sign your voter registration application once you’ve completed it and mail it postmarked by October 9th first class to the Erie County Board of Elections 134 West Eagle Street Buffalo NY 14202 

*If you relocate to another state re-registration is required to vote. If you move towns in the same state, upgrading your registration is required to vote.

-EARLY VOTING-

•Early Voting: starts on Oct. 24, until November 1st  with 10 locations in the City of Buffalo and 37 locations in all of Erie County. 

Registered voters will be able to cast their ballot at any of the thirty-seven (37) designated early voting locations. Hours for all locations will be Monday thru Friday Noon-9am and Saturday & Sunday Noon-6pm. 

Some city locations for early voting include: Erie County Board of Elections 134 W Eagle Street, Buffalo Community Development Ctr. 203 Sanders Road, St. Columba-Brigid RC 75 Hickory Street, Delavan Grider Community Center 877 E. Delavan, Gloria J Parks Community Center 3242 Main Street. 

For more locations go to:  elections.erie.gov/Early-Voting or call (716) 858-8891. Early Voting ends November 1st.

-Absentee Voting-

•Absentee Voting may be possible if you qualify that you are: unable to appear at polls due to illness or disability including fear of contracting or spreading COVID-19, absent from your county on election day, or if you are detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

Find all of the qualifications for absentee ballots and download your ballot request form online at www.elections.erie.gov/Absentee  or call the absentee department at 716 858-7818.

Absentee Ballot Deadlines are:

•Oct. 27 Last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application. 

•Nov. 2: Last day to apply in-person for absentee ballot.

•Nov. 3: Last day to postmark ballot and must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 10. 

Military ballots must be received no later than Nov. 16.

•Nov. 3: Last day to deliver ballot in-person to the local board of elections or to any poll site.

-Voting on Election Day –

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day (November 3rd). Find your polling place on your voter registration card or go to: elections.ny.gov or contact Erie County Board of Elections. 

Because of the risks of Covid-19, the State Board of Elections recommends washing your hands, wearing a mask when distancing isn’t possible and other strategies. 

-Want to Be a Poll Worker?-

Poll Workers are paid positions.to learn more go to on.ny.gov/3jKjUfA

Stay tuned as we will provide updates, links and info that can help you navigate the 2020 election .