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Easter Sunday voting in New York: State adjusts early voting in presidential primary

New York State’s Board of Elections has announced a modified early voting period for the upcoming presidential primary elections, excluding Easter Sunday, March 31, from the early voting calendar. Voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots from Saturday, March 23, through Saturday, March 30. The main election day is set for Tuesday, April 2. This adjustment aims to accommodate the Easter holiday, deviating from the usual nine-day early voting stretch that typically spans two weekends.

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Officials emphasize the importance of clear communication with voters regarding these changes. “Our goal is to ensure that voters have all the necessary information, particularly when adjustments are made,” stated Raymond Riley III, co-executive director of the state Board of Elections. Voters are urged to verify early voting locations and hours with their local county Board of Elections.

Despite the absence of highly competitive races, as major party nominations have been secured by President Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the ballots will include other candidates from both parties. This year’s primary will also feature extended polling hours during the early voting period, compensating for the shortened schedule. New York’s closed-primary system restricts voting to registered party members within their respective primaries.