Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has set the special election in the 26th Congressional District for Tuesday, May 24 and signed into law a measure giving county boards additional time to send out military ballots in special elections.
The 26th district seat was vacated last month by Rep. Christopher Lee, R-Clarence, Erie County, who resignedafter posing shirtless in a email to a woman not his wife.
The law makes New York statutes in compliance with federal regulations. Until now, special elections were held between 30 and 40 days from when the governor announces one. The new law increases that time to between 70 and 80 days, giving military ballots in particular enough time to be spent and returned — which is in compliance with federal law.
“This law makes sure that all New Yorkers – including those serving in the military – have their votes counted,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Our electoral process only functions properly when all citizens have the chance to participate. I thank the legislature for quickly and unanimously passing this measure so that I could sign it into law and call a special election to ensure fair representation in the 26th Congressional District.”