Local Assemblymen vote against easier absentee voting

Francesca Olsen in The Register-Star reports that State Assemblymen Marcus Molinaro, R,C,I-Red Hook, and Peter Lopez, R,C,I -Schoharie, who reprsent Columbia and Greene counties respectively, voted “no” on a proposed bill designed to “simplify the absentee ballot process.” Five assembly members voted against the bill: Molinaro, Lopez, George Amedore, R,C-Rotterdam, James Tedisco, R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga, and David R. Townsend, Jr., R,C,I,WF-Kirkland. Recently in Columbia County, and Taghkanic in particular, Republicans have challenged absentee votes, targeting second-home owners. “The bill would also amend Section 8-400 of state election law so that voters would be able to vote by absentee ballot if they are absent from their residence on Election Day, unable to personally appear at their polling place because of illness or disability or because they are taking care of someone with an illness or disability, an inmate or patient at a V.A. hospital, or detained in jail for anything other than a felony,” Olsen wrote.

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