In his State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo put forth his plan to extend voting in New York beyond Election Day.
In the plan, New Yorkers could vote 12 days before Election Day. Counties would have to open a limited number of polling locations that would be open 8 hours on weekdays and 5 hours on weekends.
The plan is to improve voter turn out in New York State, where it’s very low, especially on non-presidential election years.
Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says it’s a good idea to improve the turn out. He says it will allow people who have trouble voting on Election Day to have more flexibility.
Republican Commission Helen Kiggins Walsh disagrees with extended voting. She says it would be too expensive and not increase voter turn out enough. Instead, she prefers absentee ballots without limitations.