Lawmakers will look at impact and rollout of New York's first ever early voting period ahead of 2020 races
Added 11-15-19 05:25:02pm EST - “Lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly will hear testimony from election officials and advocates offering up analysis on how the state's first-ever early voting period worked and out and what can be done to ensure there are no…” - Nydailynews.com
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ALBANY ― New York’s early voting experiment will be the focus of a legislative hearing next week.
Lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly will hear testimony from election officials and advocates offering up analysis on how the state’s first-ever early voting period worked out and what can be done to ensure there are no issues ahead of next year’s big ticket contests.
“Knowing that this is a first for our state, we believed it was important to implement it during a lower-scale general election so that we could work out the kinks now,” Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brooklyn), the chairman of his chamber’s elections committee, said in a statement Friday. “With this hearing, we have the opportunity to discuss what went right and what went wrong, ensuring that we are fully prepared for the most consequential election of our lifetime in November 2020."
About 256,000 people chose to cast their vote ahead of Election Day this year. According to the state Board of Elections said that means roughly 1.9% percent of registered voters turned out statewide.
In the five boroughs, only 60,110 people, or 1.8% of the city’s 3.25 million active registered voters, took advantage of early voting. The city Board of Elections operated 61 sites for nine days this year, with each location attracting an average of 109 voters per day.
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