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Judge forces Rensselaer County to improve early voting sites

Jun 08, 2021 5:52 am

Kenneth C. Crowe II reports for the Times Union that Rensselaer County election officials were told by Judge Adam W. Silverman June 7 that they have 48 hours to choose new early voting sites for voters. Early voting took place previously at the Holy Cross Armenian Church on Spring Avenue in South Troy, Brunswick Town Hall, and Schodack Town Hall. The church site was only added after a change in state early voting law requiring the county’s most populous municipality to have an early polling site. New York Attorney General Letitia ("LEE-tish-a") James on May 27 filed a voting rights lawsuit against Rensselaer County. Early voting begins next on June 12 and runs through June 20. Now the county elections commissioners “shall select early voting poll site locations for the 2021 primary election that provide adequate and equitable access for all voters in Rensselaer County including voters in the city of Troy and otherwise comply with New York’s Early Voting Law,” Judge Adam W. Silverman wrote in his decision. Renee Powell, president of the NAACP Troy Branch, cheered the decision. “Now, the voters of Rensselaer County will have an early voting site in the Troy downtown area where there is a higher concentration of voters than rural regions of Rensselaer County. This is one of many battles that we will fight to win the war to protect our voting rights,” Powell said. Read more about this story in the Times Union.