Dustin Czarny, the Democratic elections commissioner from Onondaga County and the Democratic caucus chair for the New York State Elections Commissioner Association, said it was “chilling” to see this lawsuit filed right before the election.
He noted the absentee ballot canvass law was passed last June, signed into law last December, took effect in January and was in place, without challenge, for both the June and August primary elections. The COVID-19 pandemic excuse for absentee ballot applications has been available for voters since March 2020.
“They’ve had plenty of time to bring this lawsuit,” said Czarny. “To wait until after absentee ballots have already been issued is going to cause chaos in the system.” He said his county has already had 55 absentee ballots returned as of Thursday, with more coming in each day.