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Westchester legislature chairman creates working group to examine state election law changes

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Board of Legislators’ Chairman Benjamin Boykin has created a study group to look into the state elections law changes approved by the state legislature and expected to be signed by the governor.

The county working group is tasked with reviewing the state legislation to determine how it alters procedures for primaries, early voting, and voter registration, so that relevant information can be shared with candidates, lawmakers and the public.

“We all share the goals of increasing voter turnout and making it easier for voters to cast ballots,” Boykin said. “I hope these new state law changes will help achieve these goals. Such significant changes require that we examine all the ramifications to ensure that candidates, the public and the board of legislators are prepared.”

Legislator Christopher Johnson will chair the task force. “Expanding opportunities for people to vote is one of the most important things government can do, and I’m glad the state has moved to open up the voting and the registration process,” Johnson said., “At the county level, where elections are run, we have to be ready to put these new policies into practice as smoothly as possible, especially under the tight deadlines established by the new laws.”


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