September 25, 2020
This year’s election has generated a good deal of concern and anxiety about voting, and how one can participate. Kendal at Ithaca has a “Kendal Voter Information Committee” and the members are available to assist with all aspects of the registration and voting process.
There are three features to this year’s voting: absentee ballots, early voting and Election Day voting. In years past, it’s been easy for Kendal at Ithaca residents because our Conference Room A has been the polling place for our district. All that was required was a quick stroll to the Community Center. This year the options are quite different.
Applications for absentee ballots are available on the Community Center bulletin board on the committee’s information site. One can also request an absentee ballot online at https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/. In Box 1 on the form, Kendal at Ithaca residents should identify “Temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason for the request. Absentee ballots must be at the Tompkins County Board of Elections not later than the day before the election, November 2, or postmarked not later than the 7th day before election, October 26.
Voter Registration Forms are also available from the bulletin board.
Early voting begins October 24 and continues until November 1 at two locations in Tompkins County. Kendal at Ithaca will provide bus service to several of the scheduled voting times. Sign up sheets for a spot on the bus will be coming soon. Note that voters don’t need an ‘excuse’ to vote early.
Finally voting on Election Day, November 3, will be conducted at the First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Avenue, for residents of Kendal at Ithaca who wish to vote in person. Again, arrangements for transportation will be by bus throughout the day. Specific times will be posted for sign up as we get closer to the actual date.
Remember, if you need assistance with any aspect of voting this year, a member of the Kendal Voter Information Committee is available to help. Call 607-266-5300 and your request will be forwarded to the committee.
NOTE: There are some local contests for which voting occurs on September 15.