A closer look at how early voting would work in New York

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One of the topics being debated at the State Capitol as part of budget negotiations is whether or not to allow for early voting in New York State.

According to the Onondaga County Board of Elections Commissioner, New York is the minority of states that still don’t allow polling locations to open before Election Day.

In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal, certain polling locations would open for 12 days before Election Day.

The number of locations would be based on each county’s population, one for every 50,000 people.

Voting hours would be a mix of normal business hours, evenings and weekends. 

Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny supports the move, and likes that the state is taking the financial burden off of what usually falls to the counties.

Czarny says:

“Needlessly so, it has become a partisan issue in New York State and again this is how the vast majority of the country votes.”

State Senator John DeFrancisco, on the other hand, says debates like early voting should not be part of the budget process.

DeFrancisco, who’s also running for governor as a Republican, tells NewsChannel 9:

“We should make it more convenient, but on the other hand, we have to make sure it’s not too costly. To provide people more days, and secondly, its not going to result in fraudulently voting more than once in different locations.”

Rumors have been flying back and forth as to both whether or not early voting would make it through the final budget agreement.

The deadline is Friday.

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