The Tompkins County Legislature met last night (July 17) and authorized the purchase of equipment necessary for nine days of state-mandate early voting in November’s General Election. Cortland County is expected to follow suit shortly.
The Early Voting Act passed at the beginning of this year requires nine consecutive days of early voting prior to any General, Primary, or Special Election, beginning with this year’s General Election in November.
The early voting hours will vary by county, but the law requires counties to have late polling hours at least two weekdays during the nine-day period.
Locations must be open at least eight hours during the week and five hours on weekends.
There are some state funds allocated to help with these costs.
Cortland County received nearly $150,000 for one early voting poll site, operating expenses and equipment purchases:
- $70,555 for one poll site
- $30,406 for operating expenses
- $40,149 for equipment purchases
Tompkins County received nearly $300K:
- $138,610 for two poll sites
- $59,862 for operating expenses
- $78,748 for equipment purchases
- $154,686 for three poll sites
- $69,573 for operating expenses
- $85,113 for equipment purchases
- $86,457 for one poll site
- $36,447 for operating expenses
- $50,010 for equipment purchases
- $597,059 for six poll sites
- $248,432 for operating expenses
- $348,627 for equipment purchases
- $57,417 for one poll site
- $25,415 for operating expenses
- $32,002 for equipment purchases
- $73,715 for one poll site
- $31,606 for operating expenses
- $42,109 for equipment purchases