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Chautauqua County Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram
Chautauqua County Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram said that the weekend passage of a state budget included some non-monetary election law changes that include;
- Expansion of paid time off from work for voters on Election Day to 3 hours without limitations.
- Permissive use of electronic poll books to enhance the Election Day experience and to facilitate early voting for county voters.
- Uniform statewide 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. polling hours for all primaries statewide starting in 2020.
- Mandated online voter registration by 2021 on all County Board of Elections websites.
Previously this Legislature session saw the adoption of early voting, a single consolidated June primary day, universal statewide transfers of voter registrations, pre-registration of 16 & 17 year olds, adoption of the Voter Friendly Ballot Act, and the beginning of constitutional amendments to move to same day voter registration and no fault absentee voting.
“The adoption of the New York State Budget that includes significant funding for early voting and the adoption of electronic poll books is a promise kept by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Carl E. Heastie, and Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins,” said Dustin M. Czarny, Onondaga County Democratic Election Commissioner.
“The additional reforms and resources necessary to ease the burden on counties throughout New York State is a historic first for the Empire State. We look forward to the further reforms and resources by these dedicated leaders and champions of reforming our electoral system.”