Assemb. Brian Curran has submitted legislation to require alternative polling places to schools in session.
He cited the safety and security of children as his reason. The bill is awaiting a number, Curran (R-Lynbrook) said in a news release.
“Schools in New York State go to extraordinary lengths to make sure students are safeguarded in the event that school is used as a polling place. However, those same security measures can be a point of logistical frustration for voters when school is in session,” said Curran. This bill would protect minors in schools . . . by keeping school safety policies in place and providing an alternative polling place when schools are in session.”
The bill specifically provides that no primary or secondary school shall be required to be open for voter registration or used as a polling place when school is in session or minors are scheduled to be present.
“Basically, this bill would require Boards of Elections throughout New York State to find alternate polling locations such as American Legion Halls, V.F.W’s, public libraries and other public assembly locations rather than schools, which are in session on primary and special election dates,” said Curran.