East Syracuse village board approves new voting law

No more voter registration day for village residents

— The village of East Syracuse will no longer be holding a Village Registration Day for local voters. Residents will now have to register to vote through the County Board of Elections. East Syracuse voters who have already registered with the county do not need to re- apply – the law applies only to those residents who had registered solely through the Village.

Mayor Danny Leidka remarked at the meeting that there are currently 2 sets of voter registration rolls – the Village’s and the County Board of Election’s. The County’s list is more current. When the Village had elections each year was easier to review and update, but now that there is a longer gap between elections, many people who have moved or died remain on the Village roll. The County has a mechanism for removing these people where the Village does not.

Trustee Bernie Ment went on to explain how many people were on the list under the incorrect name as well. For example, some women who have changed their last names were listed twice with their married name and maiden name, and it is becoming more difficult for the Village to keep the list up to date.

Residents who are not registered through the County can either request a voter registration application to be mailed or download the application at ongov.net/elections. Voters have the option of sending the application by mail or dropping it off at the Board of Elections Office at 1000 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, New York.

In addition, it was announced that February 12th will be the last day for those interested in running in the 2013 Village election to file Independent Nominating Petitions with the Village Clerk. The election will be held on March 19th.

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