Gov. Cuomo rebukes President Trump’s suggestion of delaying election

Past and potential issues with mail-in ballots have sparked growing concerns in an already controversial election year.

News 12 Staff

Aug 1, 2020, 8:22 PM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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Past and potential issues with mail-in ballots have sparked growing concerns in an already controversial election year.

Some mail-in ballots for the primary election this year got delayed in the mail, returned to voters or even lost.

Concerns like these appeared to lead President Donald Trump to suggest postponing the November election in a tweet Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the absentee ballot issue and the president's postponement suggestion during Saturday's COVID-19 update.
"Nobody calls for the postponement of an election if they think they are winning. You only call for the postponement of an election if you think you are losing," the governor said. "When someone is in the hot seat, their instinct is to point fingers. I don't know what resources we could have provided the Board of Elections. I set them specifically, if you need additional resources, tell us."

The governor also stressed the good news behind the state's handling of the pandemic.

He said, "…Let's enjoy the day, five-month anniversary. I don't know what the celebration is or the gift is for five month anniversary, but we are in a dramatically different place we went from the highest infection rate to the lowest infection rate, five-month anniversary, congratulations to the people of this state for what they did. And for showing this country, what can be done."
Meanwhile, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner suggested installing mailbox-type receptacles throughout Westchester County to reduce dependency on the postal service.
"I'm suggesting that the Board of Elections have a secured box placed outside every village, town and city hall in Westchester. People would go to the building and place the ballot inside," he said.

Feiner also told News 12 that he hopes the state and the Board of Elections could cover the cost of the boxes and locks.
 


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