NEW YORK (AP) - It's up to you New York: Early voting is here.
  
The state's first-ever early balloting period started Saturday. Voters can cast votes at select polling locations until Nov 3, instead of waiting until Election Day, Nov. 5.
  
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cast his early ballot in Brooklyn and hailed the ease of the process and lack of long lines. The Democrat said it was "a whole new world."
  
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was expected to vote Saturday in Buffalo. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed legislation in January authorizing early voting, hasn't said if he'll vote in the early period, or on Election Day.
  
New York is a latecomer to early voting. All but 12 states already had it. Advocates hope expanded ballot box access will increase turnout.

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