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AG sues Rensselaer Co. over early voting sites

May 27, 2021 1:30 pm
Kenneth C. Crowe II is reporting for the Times Union Attorney General Letitia James' office has taken legal action against the Rensselaer County Board of Elections, accusing the board and its two commissioners, Jason Schofield, a Republican, and Edward McDonough, a Democrat, of failing to provide voters with equitable access to public voting sites. The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, alleges the board ignored the legal standards it was required to use when choosing polling sites. "Despite the availability of potential early voting sites in Troy — the most densely populated area of the county — BOE and its commissioners repeatedly refused to select an early voting site that was easily accessible to Troy residents, where the majority of the county’s black, Hispanic, and lower-income communities reside," James wrote in a released statement. The complaint asks a judge to revoke the board of election's current list of early voting sites. Renée Powell, president, NAACP Troy branch, said efforts have been made for years to explain the hardships caused by the decision to limit the number of early voting sites."Numerous earnest attempts were made to get the BOE to correct the problem of placing early voting sites in remote regions in Rensselaer County," Powell said in a statement. "My hope for this suit is to get equitable vote sites so that Rensselaer County residents can freely exercise their right to vote. It is time for a change.” Read the full story in the Times Union.