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State, local officials call on state to pay for early voting

In November, voters will have eight days before Election Day to get to the polls. It’s part a voting reform bill passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 24.

Concerns about how early voting will be funded is growing among local leaders. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is joining other county leaders in calling on the state to pay.

As a former election poll worker, Arduinne “Ardi” Wazelle takes the value of voting to heart.

“It’s one of the best, few privileges that doesn’t cost them anything,” Wazelle said.

Opening the polls early will cost the state millions of dollars. This year, county leaders worry that added cost could fall on them.

Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo (D-136th District) said that was one of the biggest concerns the legislature had.

“Counties would have to have additional polling sites,” said Romeo. “I think Monroe County would have to have seven polling sites around the county. That takes a lot of infrastructure, a lot of personnel, a lot of cost that we have to make sure that we’re not hurdling that onto the taxpayers here locally.”

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