NY Legislature: Candidates can't be poll watchers


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ALBANY — The New York Legislature has passed an amendment to state election law that would prohibit candidates from serving as poll watchers in an election district where they appear on the ballot.

Sponsors say in some jurisdictions, it's common for candidates for public office to be appointed poll watchers, though election inspectors say that borders on electioneering and is intimidating to voters.

The measure, if signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would take effect immediately.

The amendment says it doesn't prohibit candidates from visiting a polling place in their districts on Election Day when polls are open.


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