Early voting could lead to budget woes

— A plan to bring early voting to the state of New York could spell financial hardship for many counties, including Essex.

Board of Elections Commissioners Robert Pell-deChame and Derinda Sherman spoke about the state’s plan to adopt early voting, possibly starting this year, with members of the Board of Supervisors during its Jan. 14 Public Safety Committee meeting.

Early voting would allow registered voters to vote up to seven days in advance of a primary election and 14 days before the general election, with each county required to designate at least five polling places that would be open for early voting.

Pell-deChame said that the biggest concern was economic.

“Our man concern is that we have not budgeted for this, and they are looking to bring this to the state as early as this year,” he said.

Pell-deChame also said that the board would have to sit down and discuss where they would place the five early voting locations around the county.

Early voting resolutions are currently before the state Assembly (Bill No. 689) and Senate (Bill 1461).

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