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Seneca committee reluctantly votes to buy electronic poll books

Seneca County Board of Elections may get new electronic voter registration poll books, but not everyone is happy about it.

The Board of Supervisors Human Resources & Government Operations Committee voted 5-0 Tuesday to buy the electronic poll books, as requested by Election Commissioners Carl Same and Tiffany Folk.

But first the committee voted unanimously to express their displeasure about the purchase and to the new, ten days of early voting for the general election in November that requires those books. The critical resolution will go the full board Sept. 8 and if passed, will be sent to state officials and the New York State Association of Counties.

“It’s too costly and not needed. All that needs to be done is to expand absentee voting. Having a single site open for ten days before the election day is ridiculous,’’ said committee member Greg Lazzaro, R-Seneca Falls.

“The state is already backing away from some promised funding and I won’t be surprised if this ends up as another unfunded mandate,’’ Lazzaro added.

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