Statement From Erie County Republican Committee Counsel Joseph T. Burns On The Recent Decision In The Amedure V. State of New York Case



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2024                                                                    Contact: ecrc@ecgop.com

STATEMENT FROM ERIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE COUNSEL JOSEPH T. BURNS ON THE RECENT DECISION IN THE AMEDURE v. STATE OF NEW YORK CASE

BUFFALO, NY — Erie County Republican Committee Counsel Joseph T. Burns released the following statement on the recent decision in the Amedure v. State of New York case currently being heard in Saratoga County Supreme Court:

 

“Justice Slezak’s decision to reject the request of the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker to change the venue of this case to Albany County was the correct one. This request by the Majority Leader and Speaker was without merit, and changing the venue of this case six months after it was commenced would only further delay a final decision.

 

The Amedure case is one of the most important and consequential election integrity cases to be initiated in New York State in recent memory. The law at issue weakens many of New York State’s longstanding election integrity safeguards. Under the new law, candidates, campaign volunteers, and party leaders no longer have the tools or the ability to properly and effectively review absentee ballots. That’s just wrong, and it weakens our democratic system. Well-meaning New Yorkers of all political stripes should support the invalidation of this misguided amendment to the Election Law.

 

I was proud to have been able to submit an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Republican Lawyers Club political action committee in the Amedure case. I’m hopeful Justice Slezak will agree with our arguments, invalidate the law in question, and restore the absentee ballot canvassing safeguards that, for generations, served New York voters well.”

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