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Election officials urge governor to postpone Democratic presidential primary

Mar 24, 2020 2:15 pm
The Times Union is reporting the state Election Commissioners' Association is asking Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature to reschedule the state's Democratic presidential primary from April 28 to June 23. "Elections Boards throughout the state are risking personnel safety and health to prepare for impending elections," the group said in a press release, March 24. "We are facing critical shortages of inspectors and polling places due to the ongoing public health crisis. Over the next week, BOEs will find it almost impossible to meet mission-critical deadlines for testing machines and preparing ballots because of staff shortages due to the ongoing stay-at-home order." The association also called upon elected officials to change state Election Law to allow for absentee balloting during all times of declared state of emergency due to infectious disease or pandemic, allowing all at-risk voters, but perhaps not yet sick, to qualify for an absentee ballot. Read the full story in the Times Union.