The New York State Division of Budget has approved the State Board of Elections’ plan to distribute $10 million to county governments to support early voting implementation.
The SFY 2019-20 Budget allocated a total of $24.7 million for assistance with implementing a series of election law reforms, including early voting and authorization for counties to use e-poll book technology in the upcoming 2019 elections.
This funding was split between two pots of money: $14.7 million for capital equipment purchases, including e-poll books and specialized printers, and $10 million that was appropriated to reimburse local boards of elections for costs related to the implementation of early voting.
The State Board of Elections submitted a reimbursement plan allocating the $10 million to counties across the state.
Reimbursement is based on voter enrollment.
Locally, Schoharie County will receive $25,238 based on a total enrolment of 20,551; Otsego County will receive $32,763, based on 35,654 registered voters.
In Schoharie County, early voting for the 2019 General Election will be available in the third floor Board of Supervisors Room, 284 Main Street, Schoharie:
• Saturday, October 26, 9am-2pm.
• Sunday, October 27, 9am-2pm.
• Monday, October 28, 9am-8pm.
• Tuesday, October 29, 9am-5pm.
• Wednesday, October 30, 9am-8pm.
• Thursday, October 31, 9am-5pm.
• Friday, November 1, 9am-5pm.
• Saturday, November 2, 9am-2pm.
• Sunday, November 3, 9am-2pm.
“There was never any question that the full $10 million to support early voting would be made available, and the full amount has been approved today,” said State Budget Director Robert Mujica, Jr.
“We look forward to the expanded access to the polls that early voting will provide voters this fall.”
“Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities of Americans, enabling citizens to have a voice in their government and engage in the democratic process of electing leaders,” added Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).
“The election reforms passed by state lawmakers this year, including early voting, will provide greater access for New Yorkers as they head to the polls. These resources are necessary to ensure smooth and accessible elections in communities across the state.”