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Learning the lessons of last year's elections

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, is backing reforms to prevent the same sort of problems that marked her drawn out election process last year.

She is supporting legislation that would ensure voters aren't disqualified for trivial reasons if they're otherwise eligible, registered and in "substantial compliance" with voting regulations. Additionally, she wants to remove the restrictions on when a county board of elections can give ballots to ballot inspectors.

Both issues caused months of delays in Tkaczyk's race against then-Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam.

"Our democracy will only thrive if citizen participate and vote," Tkaczyk said in a statement. "We should be encouraging residents to get involved in the process and cast their vote, rather than creating unnecessary obstacles that prevent their vote from being counted."

The legislation is being carried in the Assembly by Ulster County Democrat Kevin Cahill.

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