North Country voters are weighing in but as you watched TV this morning the coverage at polling places in NYC and Erie County was ironic. Polls in the Metro area and in the Buffalo area open at 6AM. The rest of the state is Noon to 9PM.
So what, you say ? Well the longer, more convenient hours encourage turnout and amplify the political power of those areas in any statewide primaries. (In the general, they are all the same.)
For all the griping upstate pols do about downstate influence, you'd think this would matter....If it were the other way around, the Justice Department would have this state in court pronto. 14th Amendment I think, but you can correct me if wrong.
Just to anticipate the counter...But it saves us money.....Well, money spent on democracy is money well spent and if it's worth holding an election for all of NY, it's worth affording the franchise equally.
Watertown Daily Times | With polls busy on primary day, north country voters voice opinions on candidates