Opinion: SLC Board of Elections commended for efforts to educate public about early voting
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:17 am

This was New York’s first election after Early Voting legislation was signed into law earlier this year, and the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County would like to commend the SLC Board of Elections and Commissioners Jennie Bacon and Thomas Nichols for their efforts to educate the public about early voting.

Speaking as someone who took advantage of early voting herself, I can attest that the BOE staff made the process itself a smooth one.

The League would also like to thank the public libraries and neighborhood centers of St. Lawrence County for making our brochures about voting rights and about early voting available to North Country residents, and for posting flyers with information about early voting times.

The Saint Lawrence Public Transit Authority deserves special thanks as well for posting flyers in all START buses, since one of the big beneficiaries of early voting will be those for whom finding transportation to the polls only on Election Day has been a challenge.

Finally, we would also like to thank the community donors who enabled us to supply “I VOTED” stickers to the BOE. We received generous donations from the Price Chopper Golub Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, United Helpers, the SLU Vote Everywhere Team, university affiliate of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and local friends and members of the League. “I VOTED” stickers always help to out the vote, and this year they also helped get out the word about early voting.

Kathleen Stein

League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County president