Fix Early Voting in Suffolk County
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In 2019, the New York State Legislature passed early voting across the state. The law states that there should be an early voting polling place for every 50,000 voters. However, in highly populated areas like Suffolk County, our early voting polling places are highly insufficient. We only have one polling place per Suffolk County township, which disenfranchises voters, particularly in communities of color.
We are asking Suffolk County Legislature to increase the early voting polling locations from to be proportionate to our town's populations. That would mean:
Increase the Town of Brookhaven from 1 to 5 early voting polling locations
Increase the Towns of Babylon, Huntington, and Islip from 1 early voting polling locations per town to 3 per town
Increase the Town of Smithtown from 1 to 2 polling locations
In addition, we ask that all early voting polling locations are open for the same number of days and hours, to reduce confusion and inconsistency.
We ask that any registered voter be permitted to vote at any early voting polling location in Suffolk County. This would be consistent with the procedure for Nassau County voters.
We request that this be addressed by our Suffolk County elected officials and the Suffolk County Board of Elections immediately. Equity in voting is crucial for a thriving democratic process.
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