NYS NEWS: New Legislation Eases Ability to Establish Early Polling Sites in Special Elections

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.6215/A.6478) providing that county Boards of Elections can establish an early voting site for special, primary or run-off primary elections in the county’s most populous municipality where voters are eligible to participate in the election.

Previously, during special elections, counties were required to establish early voting sites in their most populous municipality, regardless of where the special election was taking place. As a result, early voting sites could be required in areas in which there were no eligible voters in the special election. This legislation allows counties to establish early voting sites in the municipality with the highest population where voters are actually eligible to participate, making it more convenient for voters who decide to vote early.

Now, Boards of Elections may establish polling sites in the municipality with the highest population in the place in which New Yorkers are eligible to vote in that election.