Statement From Erie County Republican Committee Counsel Joseph T. Burns On The Absentee Ballot Drop Box Bill



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2024                                                            Contact: ecrc@ecgop.com

STATEMENT FROM ERIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE COUNSEL JOSEPH T. BURNS ON THE ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOX BILL

BUFFALO, NY — Erie County Republican Committee Counsel Joseph T. Burns released the following statement on S610/A7243, the bill currently under consideration by the State Legislature to require local Boards of Elections to use absentee ballot drop boxes.

 

“Our state constitution explicitly guarantees New Yorkers’ right to vote, and all New Yorkers, regardless of party affiliation, deserve elections that are fair, honest, and conducted with the utmost integrity.

 

Unfortunately, the State Assembly may soon consider a bill that will cause many New Yorkers to question how our elections are administered. This bill, S610/A7243, would require local Boards of Elections to collect absentee ballots in unsecured and untested absentee ballot drop boxes. Without ever holding a hearing on this proposal, the State Senate, on a party-line vote, approved it earlier this year. The State Assembly must defeat this proposal and make sure it never becomes law.

 

New York already permits absentee ballots to be returned to early voting poll sites, Election Day poll sites, and local Boards of Elections. These locations are staffed at all times by bipartisan election officials. Allowing absentee ballots to be returned to unsecured and untested drop boxes adds uncertainty and unnecessary risk to our election system.

 

Voters who are concerned about this proposal should contact their State Assemblymember and urge them to vote against this bill.”

 

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