October 18, 2021

Cortland County residents share views on election

S.N. Briere/ staff reporter

Cortland County residents bundle up and bring their umbrellas to stay dry Wednesday morning as they wait in line at the county Board of Elections Office to vote early.

Dozens of Cortland County residents bundled up in heavier coats, pulled up their hoods or stood under an umbrella as it continued to rain on them Wednesday while they waited in line at the Board of Elections office to cast their ballots.

“I’m just voting now because it’s convenient,” said Bill Rogers of Polkville.

He said that normally he votes before or after work on Election Day, but couldn’t this year and didn’t want to miss having his voice heard.

“This is important this year,” he said.

More than 2,300 voters had turned up by Wednesday morning at the Cortland County Board of Elections on River Street in Cortland since Saturday. Here’s the breakdown by day:

  • Saturday — 434.
  • Sunday — 444.
  • Monday — 661.
  • Tuesday — 630.
  • 11:30 a.m. Wednesday — 172.

Kate and Zeke McGinn of Marathon stood in line together. It was the first year Kate McGinn wasn’t volunteering at a polling location in 10 years.

It’s all because of the coronavirus pandemic, she said, noting she’ll be working at the polls next year.

Both McGinns said they were voting because they wanted to see policy changes.

“Hopefully get some stability back,” Kate McGinn said.

They went early, Zeke McGinn said, because they didn’t “want to miss out in case the lines are too long on Election Day.”

Tim and Micah Mowers of Preble also showed up early to stand in line together.

Tim Mowers said he was voting early because he had to work as a poll inspector.

He said he’s voting “to keep America great.”

“I think this is the most important election I’ll have in my lifetime,” Micah Mowers said.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting continues until Saturday.

  • Cortland County offers one early-voting station, at the Cortland County Board of Elections at 112 River St., Cortland. People with disabilities will enter through the front of the building, while others will enter at the rear of the building.
  • Tompkins County offers two sites: Ithaca Town Hall, 215 N. Tioga St., Ithaca; and Crash Fire Rescue, 72 Brown Road, Ithaca.
  • Cayuga County offers three sites: Venice Town Office, 2479 Route 34; Clifford Park Clubhouse, 81 Mary St., Auburn; Cato Town Office, 11320 Shortcut Road.

VOTING BY MAIL

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order allowing anyone to request an absentee ballot due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

All voters can request a ballot at https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/. The deadline to request a ballot by mail was Tuesday, but you can still request one in person until Monday.

By county:

  • Cortland County — Voters can get an application at www.cortland-co.org/182/ Elections. People should mark the reason for the absentee as having a “temporary illness” if they are requesting one due to the virus. The ballot can be returned in person to the Board of Elections from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until Nov. 3.
  • Tompkins County — Voters can get an application at tompkinscountyny.gov/ boe.
  • Cayuga County — Voters can get an application at www.cayugacounty. us/196/Board-of-Elections.