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Warren County leaders concerned about funding for early voting

August 27, 2019 06:25 PM

Early voting starts in New York this year, but one local county wants to know where is the money to pay for it.

Governor Cuomo signed the law on January 24. It allows you to vote up to 10 days before Election Day.

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What about the cost? Warren County says it will be tough to pull off if the state doesn't come through with funding it promised.

The county has been working hard to get everything in place for the October 26 early voting rollout.

This Thursday, they planned on finalizing a purchase of e-poll books which will streamline the check in and record keeping process, but they say a lack of commitment of funding has them wondering if they'll be able to do that.

Immediately after the law was signed in January, Warren County Board of Elections say they began the process of planning and training for it.

The state Board of Elections says they were told funding aid would come in the form of two grants - one for $14.7 million and then other one would be a $10 million aid to localities grant.

The first grant was approved and contracts written to support it, but the second one has been in limbo.

The state Board says they have asked the state Division of Budget about the status of the localities grant since June - and didn't get a response until last Thursday night.

In a conference call with DOB, counties were told they'd been approved $15,000 for each early voting site as part of that grant.

For Warren County, that puts them about $22,000 short of what they originally thought they'd get.

NewsChannel 13 made lots of calls on Tuesday to all of the parties involved. The governor's office and DOB say the full $10 million will be made available and that they're just working on a final approval.

Hear more about why the governor's office says this is all a misunderstanding, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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