Senator Little wants absentee voting without excuses

November 03, 2017 07:18 PM

QUEENSBURY - Betty Little, the senator from Queensbury and part of the state Committee on Women's Suffrage, says it's time to make it easier for New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot.

Little wants to do away with the current requirements for voting by absentee.

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Now, you have to say you're out of the county, have an illness or a temporary or permanent disability, are caring for someone who's sick or disabled, or you're behind bars or about to be.

Little says if someone's a registered voter and can't make it to a polling place on Election Day, then they should be allowed to vote by absentee ballot, no questions asked.

Little, who raised six children, says doing away with absentee excuses will be especially helpful to working mothers who struggle to find the time to vote.

"I think this would help women the most. You have single parents, you have mothers who are working, who have kids after school, then have dinner, then have homework. As much as they'd like to vote, they don't get a chance to."

Ann Kril of The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County say her organization is all for no-excuse absentees.

"This would be a a very good step to removing barriers for people," Kril said. "The excuses that they're required to make, make people uncomfortable. they have to say they're sick or hospitalized or they're away and therefore their home is empty."

Senator Little plans to introduce a bill in January when the legislature returns to session.


Mark Mulholland

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