Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tompkins County Legislature Supports Early Voting in NYS

The Tompkins County Legislature has voted in favor of a resolution that would make voting easier by giving people more than one day to head to the polls.

The resolution comes as a reaction to provisions in Gov. Cuomo's budget that would create early voting in New York State. It has not been enacted yet.

The Legislature passed the resolution in support by a vote of 9 to 3. Legislators Dave McKenna, Glenn Morey and Dooley Kiefer voted no; Legislators Mike Sigler and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne were excused.

The Legislature's resolution notes that early voting makes it easier for residents to vote. Voting sites would open about 12 days prior to all Special, Primary, and General elections. It would not apply for Village or School District elections.

The resolution also notes the measure is estimated to cost counties statewide about $3-4 million, and that the state should reimburse counties for the added cost of the new mandate, should the Early Voting mandate be enacted.

If enacted as part of the budget, early voting would not be implemented until 2017.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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