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Ontario County election officials prepare for November with multiple voting options

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The forthcoming General Election, scheduled for November 7, 2023, between 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM, promises an active political season in Ontario County. A total of 149 candidates, spanning eight political parties, vie for 80 county, city, and town public offices. Key positions include the County Clerk, Geneva City Mayor, and various city and town board members. Additionally, voters will weigh in on two proposed amendments to the state constitution, while Geneva residents will determine adjustments to elected term durations for their city council and mayor. A comprehensive list of candidates and sample ballots can be accessed at the Board of Elections’ official website.

For those eager to get their votes in early, the Early Voting period commences on October 28 and concludes on November 5. During this window, electors can visit any Early Voting location, with venues including the BoE Office on Ontario St in Canandaigua, Geneva Housing Authority Office on Lewis St, and Victor’s Town Hall on East Main St. Operating hours differ each day, offering flexibility for voters.

Absentee balloting remains an option for those unable to vote in person. Applications for absentee ballots can be sourced from the Board of Elections site and should reach the Board by October 23 if mailed or submitted online. Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 7, with a few drop-off options available, including Board offices and designated poll sites. Following a recent legislative amendment, absentee ballot holders are barred from machine voting but can still participate at a polling station using an affidavit ballot. Further details are available on the Board of Elections website or by reaching out at (585) 396-4005.