Early Voting Starts Saturday October 24 Continues Thru November 1

Election Day is  Tuesday November 3. But early voting begins  this weekend, Saturday, October 24 and continues  thru Mon. Nov.1

•Voting hours are noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. weekends.

•There are 10 sites in the City of Buffalo, including one for each city council district in addition to the Erie County Board of Elections office located at 134 W. Eagle Street. There is one site for each city and town in Erie County outside of Buffalo.

•Voters may cast ballots at any location regardless of their address. Early voting sites are also drop-off points for absentee ballots.

 •The locations and all other early voting information may be viewed online at: https://elections.erie.gov/Early-Voting

Here’s Where You Can Vote in the City

Erie County Board of Elections -134 W. Eagle Street

•Buffalo Community Development Center – 203 Sanders Road 

•St Columba-Brigid, RC – 75 Hickory Street

•Lincoln Field House – 10 Quincy Street

•Hennepin Center – 24 Ludington Street              

•Delavan Grider Community Center- 877 E. Delavan  Avenue

•Salvation Army West Side Community Center B – 187 Grant Street

•Northwest Buffalo Community Center – 155 Lawn Avenue

Tosh Collins Community Center – 35 Cazenovia Street

•Gloria J. Parks Community Center – 3242 Main Street


Betty Jean Grant’s

Tips to Help Early Voting Process Go Smoothly 

Realize that the first couple of days of Early Voting will be crowded, so if you cannot be in line for long, plan on coming back to the polling site in a day or two. 

Early Voting lasts from October 24th to Nov 1st. Voting starts at noon and closes at 9 PM on weekdays, and starts at noon and closes at 6 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Be mindful also, that you can vote at any Early Voting polling site in Erie County during the Early Voting period only.

Bring a tote bag containing an umbrella or poncho in case of rain, a bottle of juice or water and your medicine if you are diabetic or are on medication scheduled during the day; hand sanitizer, a light jacket and cap, a form of ID with your name and address (especially if you are a first time voter); your own black or blue ink pen, paper towels or tissue paper, an extra mask, in case of breakage; a snack and a fully charged cell phone. Also bring your cane or a chair if you have difficulty standing for a long period of time. 

Restrooms are available inside the polling site but you must leave campaign literature outside the building and campaign t-shirts with candidates’ names and pictures must be covered up before one goes inside.

Also, volunteers will be providing rides for those needing them. Please call Democratic Headquarters @ 716-853-2511 to sign up.

This writer and a few other Women Warriors will be providing rides to senior citizens with the proper PPEs. Call this writer @ 716-602-5877.

It is anticipated that tens of thousands of persons will vote in Erie County during the 8 days of Early Voting. Make your experience as stress-free as possible by planning and packing your Early Voting survival bag now!

(Former Councilwoman  and  Erie Couny Legislator Betty Jean Grant is the founder of We Are Women Warriors)

Souls to the Polls  CommUNITY Early Voting March

Join the Coalition for Economic Justice “Souls to The Polls CommUNITY Early Voting March”   Saturday Oct. 24 starting at 3297 Bailey Ave at 12:30pm as we march to cast our ballots at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St.  

‘Get Out The Vote’  Motorcades & “Early  Voting Unity Parade’

A “Get Out The Vote” motorcades and “Early Voting Unity Parade” on Saturday October 24  the first day of Early Voting in New York State. Motorcade will start at MLK Park, proceed to Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium, and end at JFK Community Center and Park. Contact Betty Jean Grant for the start time of the motorcade, at: (716) 602-5877.

Black Farmers Market Ujamaa Vendors Village UNITY VOTE CAR PARADE!

On Early Voting Day Saturday Oct. 24 

•Leaving from Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium @ 12:15 p.m.

•Arriving @ Broadway & Michigan@ Eva Doyle “Vote Billboard” and  the African Heritage Corridor Archway and on to JFK  Park to Vote at Columba-Brigid Church on Hickory St

Extended Absentee Ballot Notice

The Erie County Board of Elections at 134 W. Eagle Street will offer the following extended absentee ballot application and voting hours for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election             

Thursday, Oct.22 9am -7 pm Saturday, Oct. 24 12 pm – 6 pm Tuesday, Oct. 27 9am – 9 pm Thursday, Oct. 29

9 am – 9 pm Saturday, Oct. 31 12 pm – 6 pm 

 In addition, the Board of Elections  will be open for absentee applications and voting 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. all other weekdays up to and including Monday, Nov. 2, which is the deadline for in-person ballot applications. 

Absentee ballot applications and a list of candidates can be found on the BoE website, www.elections.erie.gov. Voters may call 858-8891 for more information