Here's the important voting information you need to know

Posted at 6:46 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 18:50:49-04

Election season is here, which means there's important information to know to make sure you don't miss your chance to vote one month from now on Nov. 6th.

"There is no flexibility if something is here if its not we have no flexibility to take it into consideration," Mike Carney, republican deputy elections commissioner of Niagara County, said.

If you miss a deadline, there are no second chances. 

Here are the important dates you need to know.

October 12th - To register to vote by mail, your letter must be postmarked no later than Oct. 12th. It is the same for registering in person.

October 17th - Your mailed-in registration must be received by Oct. 17th.

October 30th - The absentee voter application must be postmarked by the 30th.

November 5th - The absentee voter ballot must be mailed by Nov. 5th.

"We've seen that the turnout has really increased since four years ago. The turnout it's up 33 percent here in Erie County," Jeremy Zellner, the democratic commissioner of the Erie County Board of Elections.

He said it's not unusual to see an uptick in voters for the party that lost the last presidential election.

Don't confuse national voting information with the local level either. States determine important voting dates, not the federal government. 

If you don't know where your local polling station is, go to your county's board of election website and type in your address.

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