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NY Officials Are Gauging Impact Of Early Voting

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New York is taking a look at how its first experiment with early voting went in a quiet election year.

Elections officials are still reviewing data but say it appears New York City and several counties saw slightly higher turnout this year compared with 2015.

The Legislature held a hearing Wednesday on the initiative. The state Board of Elections says over 256,000 people cast their ballots before Election Day between Oct. 26 and Nov. 3.

New Yorkers have raised concerns about costs, the roll-out of electronic voter rolls and the location of early voting sites. Counties could apply for grants of $14 million for electronic poll books and $10 million for early voting.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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