State law allows in-person voting 9 days before election

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Election Day is around the corner, but for the first time, voters don't have to wait until Nov. 5 to cast their ballots in person.

It's crunch time at the Rockland County Board of Elections because this year there will be nine days for everyone in the Hudson Valley - and around the state - to vote. 

State Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee helped pass the bill earlier this year. The law allows registered voters to cast their ballots any day between Oct. 26 and Nov. 3 if they don't want to do so on Election Tuesday, which falls on Nov. 5 this year.

Residents who cast their ballots early in Rockland will use electronic poll books that will replace paper poll books at the four town halls designated as early voting sites: Ramapo, Haverstraw, Clarkstown and Orangetown.

With early voting, people can also vote on the weekend if they want.

A new law this year says an employer has to let people leave work for up to three hours if they want to vote on Election Tuesday.

Rockland's two Board of Elections leaders say this should kick up the county's voter turnout. Only 40% of Rockland's registered voters show up on any given day. 

Those who aren’t registered to vote have until this Friday to do so. 

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