Cattaraugus County is one four New York State counties that have yet to submit poll site locations for early voting in November to the New York State Board of Elections, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Common Cause of New York.
Counties have until May 29 to submit the poll site locations.
According to Common Cause, Columbia, Westchester and Ulster counties also have yet to submit polling locations, and many other counties are submitting the bare minimum of sites required by law.
"The Boards of Elections across the state are setting up voters to fail in November by trying to sabotage early voting,” Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause of New York, said. “New Yorkers need access to voting centers in non-traditional locations.”
In January Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed early voting legislation into law, giving voters nine days before Election Day to vote.
"The goal of New York's new early voting law is to improve access to the ballot by providing more convenient options instead of rigid single-day, single-location voting,” Jarret Berg, a founder of VoteEarlyNY, said. “But unfortunately, several counties, including many with larger populations, are planning programs that underserve their communities and fail to meet the clear dictates in the law that any early voter should be able to use any vote center in their locality, and that sites be allocated in an equitable and principled way.”
The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections has not responded to a request for comment.
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