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Reject state’s early voting

May 12, 2013

Allowing early voting in New York state is an intriguing idea. It’s possible that in large metropolitan areas, early voting could increase voter turnout....

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Ron1960

May-12-13 7:13 AM

This could increase voter turn out and that very well could help get more people in the political process. And yes we here in Fulton Co. do have a low voter turn out most of the elections have a voter turn out of less than 40% of the registered voters. I agree that the state should either provide funding for it or give the counties the right to opt in or out of it. How ever I would like to see this done for two or three elections and if it does produce increased voter turn out then continue but if the voter turn out does not increase then it should be stopped.

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TiredOfTax

May-12-13 7:33 AM

Early voting is nothing more than a scam that promotes more corruption. Vote early, vote often is not just a saying it is a reality that should put people in jail. If someone is interested in voting there is already ways to get their vote to count. And here is another fact, early voting is not going to enthuse a uninterested person to go to the polls. You want better voter turnout, do a better job of educating the public and promote the election day as well as the poll locations.

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TiredOfTax

May-12-13 9:13 AM

Employment should not be a problem to not vote. In states where time off is required to allow an employee to vote, the laws have been enacted to balance the employer's need for a reliable and productive workforce, with the employee's right to vote. The specific state laws vary. Some states require two hours off, others require three hours off. In addition, if the polls open the requisite time before the employee's work day starts or are open the requisite time after the employee finishes work, then no time off is required. Most of the states that have such laws apply them to all voters, except Massachusetts, which only applies their law to mechanical, manufacturing or mercantile employees. In addition, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have time-off-to-vote laws. Only Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming require the employee to actually vote during their time off to vote.

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usedtolivethere

May-12-13 9:20 AM

Also early voting has been shown to bring out more poor people who usually vote Democrat so by all means, don't allow it. I could have told you TOT's mantra before opening up this thread. She's so predictable but doesn't state the real reason she's against early voting. Let's keep disenfranchising the poor.

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Hilltopper

May-12-13 10:00 AM

We already have early voting called an absentee ballot. I am, however, all for a total news black out on all election results until every last poll is closed for national elections. Many west coasters don't bother to vote when the networks already project a winner.

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MrBoB51

May-12-13 10:03 AM

No voter ID, then no early voting. One vote each by legal American citizens only or this is just another political scam not in NYS or Americas best interest.

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MrBoB51

May-12-13 10:27 AM

'Also early voting has been shown to bring out more poor people who usually vote Democrat so by all means, don't allow it.' Nicely said usedto, even though you made it up. Progressives are always making crap up in their constant search for victims, in this case its 'poor people' once again who are what...supposedly unable to vote? Unable to get a free voter ID? Somehow completely unable to get to the Polling place? How 'bout just plain lazy? Some wealthy or even middle class voters don't vote either you know, are they disenfranchised too or just lazy. Progs can't be bothered with them because in this case they're not 'victims' and have no political value. An all too familiar Progressive scenario strikes again and we're supposed to believe it. Not me.

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Hilltopper

May-12-13 10:54 AM

NYS school law prohibits an election official from asking a voter for identification. You would think that identification should be required for an honest election. With an absintee ballot the voter must have a valid mailing address. So, unless a voter doesn't have a valid address, what could be the issue? If you can't stand in line bring a lawnchair. But, if you can't fit in a lawnchair you can opt for the absentee ballot.

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Scarecrow57

May-12-13 11:41 AM

"County boards of election would be required to designate at least five polling places in each county, geographically located so as to provide all voters in each county with an equal opportunity to vote."

Please tell me how you would do that in Fulton or Hamilton counties??? Are these downstate Democrats really that ignorant????

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usedtolivethere

May-12-13 11:43 AM

Bob, I didn't make it up. Look what happened inthe last two Presidential Elections in Florid hen they changed the early voting rules. You accuse me of making something up when you make up the statement that I made something up! How's that! You people always insist that people do research. Well physician, heal thyself. Nothing was made up other than your post.

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Scarecrow57

May-12-13 11:45 AM

Here is another thought. I say we already have far too many uneducated voters. And by uneducated I mean they have no idea about what the candidate stands for; let alone the implications of those views. Now I realize that getting more uneducated voters to vote will benefit the Democrats, but is that really the smart thing to do.... Just saying.

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usedtolivethere

May-12-13 11:51 AM

definition of educated voters means anyone who votes Republican

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usedtolivethere

May-12-13 11:53 AM

stupid people have the same right to vote as "smart" people...another right wing bias revealed in this forum. Who is anyone to say who should vote? And you people will be the first ones to stand up and say how American you are. Hypocritical again

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Ron1960

May-12-13 11:56 AM

Scarecrow57, What about the Gloversville librarty vote they have only one place to vote for their use. The library is not gor just the residents ofGloversville it covers the entire Gloversville School District and that district covers a large area and for some seniors it is difficult for them to get to the city to vote. This non sense was set up so that only the families and close friends of the library officials. Just look at how many people voted in this last library vote 200 people. There is about4,000 registered voter in the school district.

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DaveGibson

May-12-13 12:31 PM

I agree with the editorial that rural upstate areas have little need for early voting, and I agree that specifying the number of early polling places makes no sense, early voting does make sense and I support it, especially for urban areas. It is important that voters are not disenfranchised.

Florida tried to save money by closing polling places and allowing early voting. They did it wrong, however. They closed too many, and as a result over 200,000 people never got to vote. some voters waited over five hours to cast their ballots.

In a rural place like Fulton County, simply allow people to vote at the county board of elections.

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drugsrus

May-12-13 2:38 PM

Hill and others, are you aware of how far in advance you need to apply for an absentee ballot???? You can't go in a week before and simply request one.

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rschweizer

May-12-13 3:35 PM

usedtolivethere, if you Google ToT's diatribe from May-12-13 9:13 AM, you'l see it was ripped right off another website.

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TiredOfTax

May-12-13 3:36 PM

There are laws that require employers to allow time off to vote. In many states they are even forced to pay you while you are off to vote. If you want to have your vote count, you will find a way. Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections. You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form. ( 261KB) Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election. You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election.

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TiredOfTax

May-12-13 3:39 PM

ANd RS, yes it is information to directly answer the questions raised by another post. The info in my last post also contains a copy and paste, a lot of my posts are information that can be found on websites. So your point is ????

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TiredOfTax

May-12-13 3:42 PM

You have also copy and pasted in the past. Go on start the insults that you and usedto love to use when you lose an argument... let us feel your love once again!

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usedtolivethere

May-12-13 4:45 PM

point is TOT, that you have no original thoughts but use right wing sites to support what you believe. Long live Rush, Sean, etc. drivel

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usedtolivethere

May-12-13 4:46 PM

and what argument was lost? and where are the insults? You make stuff up

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gville70

May-12-13 4:51 PM

Gosh darn those pesky downstate democrats, trying to pass laws that would encourage voter turnout.. Take a page from the republicans.. pass laws that take away the right to vote from the folks you hate i.e. the poor, minorities, or gays.. See how well it's worked for them thus far? See ya in 2016

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Ron1960

May-12-13 4:58 PM

Drugs, Your information about absentee ballots is flawed. Fact from the political calander the primary election is Sept.10 and you can pick up an absentee ballot on Sept.9 and it must be returned on Sept. 10. For the general election on Nov 5 and you pick up an absentee ballot on the 4th of Nov. and return is on Nov 5. So where do you get the idea that it takes so long?

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rschweizer

May-12-13 5:11 PM

TiredOfTax, for the record, I've never copied and pasted information without having said I was doing it from another source, and I always use quotes. You flat out neglected to say your comment was unoriginal. You're a fraud.

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