Cuomo Approves Bills For Poll Watching, Staffing On Election Days

Nick Reisman reports in State of Politics “Legislation signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday clarifies the process governing poll watchers on Election and another bill that is meant to ensure polling sites are properly staffed based on the location’s needs.

“Transparent elections are crucial to ensuring voters have their voices heard,” Cuomo said. “By signing these measures into law, we modernize our elections, bringing efficiency and common sense to a process that has been unnecessarily ambiguous for far too long.”

The poll watching legislation clarifies the process for how watchers are appointed for general, primary, special, village or town elections. The measure allows candidates running on the ballot as well as political committees three poll watchers for each election district and only one within a guardrail at any time.

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