Hochul signs Carroll’s bill to count affidavit ballots cast at the wrong polling sites


Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday signed a bill that would require the counting and canvassing of affidavit ballots cast by eligible voters who showed up at the wrong polling sites for whatever reason, so long as they’re voting in the right county and Assembly district.

Assembly Member Robert Carroll

Assembly Member Robert Carroll, the bill’s prime sponsor in Albany’s lower chamber, told amNewYork Metro that the legislation would address a common problem where people show up to the wrong polling place on Election Day and are given an affidavit ballot, instead of being directed to the correct site, by poll workers. Oftentimes voters end up at the wrong polling location, Carroll said, because either an election official directed them there or their voting site changed without their knowledge.