Early voting in New York state begins as election season approachesPosted: Updated:
New York residents will be able to vote Saturday as the state joins 38 other states to offer early voting.
Lawmakers voted to give residents the chance to cast their votes early as it can be difficult to make it to the polls on Election Day as many have to balance work, childcare and busy schedules.
All registered voters are encouraged by lawmakers to head to the polls when they have a chance. Voting numbers in New York have been low in the past, according to officials, which made the push for early voting stronger.
Officials say with the presidential election in 2020, early voting this year gives them the chance to figure out the system.
NYC Votes is holding an early voting challenge on social media, where residents can upload a photo with the caption "I voted early," in hopes to encourage other residents to do the same.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is also encouraging residents to cast their vote. He said in a statement, "Voting is essential to our democracy. I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of these nine extra days – get out and make your voice heard."
This year's general election starts today and ends Nov. 3. Polls will still be open on Nov. 5 for Election Day.