Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson (D-Newburgh) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed one of his bills (A8257/S5188) which will reduce confusion at polling sites. The new law prohibits, while polling locations are open, any change to the entrance to or exit from the polling site, except to increase access or to maintain public safety provided any change is clearly marked with signage next to the former entrance or exit. The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Shelley Mayer (D-Westchester).
The new requirements apply to Election Day, Primary Day and days of early voting.
“During the past two years, we have passed major voting reforms including instituting early voting, making it easier to register to vote, change your party registration and to vote by absentee ballot,” said Jacobson. “Requiring signs for these changes helps reduce the likelihood that voters will be confused about how to access polling sites,” Jacobson noted. “Voting should be a simple and easy for every citizen, whether voting in person or by mail. This new law to reduce confusion at polling sites is another step in that goal.”