A bill to move some local elections to even numbered years
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--LEGISLATION PASSED IN ALBANY WOULD MOVE CERTAIN LOCAL ELECTIONS SUCH AS COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO EVEN NUMBERED YEAR ELECTION BALLOTS.
SOME LAWMAKERS SAID THIS legislation COULD BE SIGNIFICANT FOR COUNTY ELECTIONS-- HIGHLIGHTING ODD NUMBERED ELECTION YEARS’ LOWER VOTER TURNOUT COMPARED TO EVEN NUMBERED YEARS.
“Why should we be complacent with thirty percent of people, sometimes twenty percent of people deciding who runs our towns and our counties where there’s so many important decisions and services made,” said Sen. James Skoufis (D-42nd Senate District).
SOME LOCAL COUNTY LAWMaKERS OPPOSE THIS BILL-- WORRYING LOCAL CANDIDATES' VOICES COULD GET LOST IN THE MIX OF FEDERAL AND STATE-LEVEL RACES.
“I think they’d really make a mistake on this one, I really believe that to take away this power to decide when we run our elections is not right or just,” said Martha Sauerbrey, chair of the Tioga County Legislature.
SEN SKOUFIS SAid OPPOSITION TO THE BILL IS POLITICAL.
“It's incumbent office holders who are trying to protect the status quo and trying to protect their little fiefdoms,” he said.
SAUERBREY SAid sTATE LEGISLATORS LACK UNDERSTANDING OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
“I would say that the state legislators look at the big picture and they really do not know or understand how our government works,” she said.