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Stefanik challenges New York's new voting by mail law in court

Nov 27, 2023 12:11 am

Joshua Solomon reports in the Times Union that Rep. Elise Stefanik is both challenging New York’s "no-excuse" vote-by-mail law in court while also trying to get Republicans to vote by mail. Stefanik is even making a case that voting by mail should not be allowed because a judge may later disallow it. Michael Y. Hawrylchak, an attorney for Stefanik and the Republican plaintiffs, said in a complaint filed Sept. 20 in state Supreme Court in Albany, “By encouraging supporters to lock in their votes by submitting mail-in ballots, they may risk the later nullification of those votes as invalid under the constitution.” Stefanik, and other Republicans are arguing that voting by mail is unconstitutional because it was passed as a law, rather than a constitutional amendment. Attorneys for New York Attorney General Letitia James said in their court filing, "There is no express language in the New York constitution that precludes early voting by mail.” Voting by mail has gone on since absentee ballots were allowed, and many New Yorkers voted by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic, with few problems. Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the Early Mail Voter Act into law two months ago. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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