by Carol Thompson
Members of the Oswego County Legislature passed a memorializing resolution in opposition of early voting.
During their meeting April 11, legislators opposed proposed state legislation that would establish early voting in primary, general and special elections.
Voting could take place up to 14 days prior to a general election and up to a week before a primary or special election, including Saturday and Sunday.
County legislators estimate the additional cost to be between $80,000 and $150,000 to local taxpayers. The resolution asks that counties be afforded the opportunity to opt-in, It also asks the state to bear the cost.
Legislator Shawn Doyle said election day is election day and residents can vote by absentee ballot. He added that early voting is skewing the voting system.
Legislator Terry Wilbur said they are encouraging people to get out and vote and to partake in the absentee policy. Wilbur said the state needs to take consideration of the cost.
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