Judge closes election loophole
Ryan Whalen reports at New York State of Politics that state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister on Aug. 4 ordered that any change of political party enrollments received on or after Aug. 12 in New York will not be effective until Aug. 30, closing a loophole in the unusual election this summer. When McAllister scheduled the August elections after quashing the redistricting plan set by legislators, his wording was not completely exact, and he left a loophole that would allow voters to switch parties up to and the day of the election. "There still are shenanigans that can occur within the next week. I would have preferred that the judge both for technical reasons to give the boards of elections time to prepare and to stop any type of party raiding. I wish he would have picked an earlier day that August 12," Erie County Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said. Election officials will now have to update the poll books the night before voting begins. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.