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WSHU's guide of where, when and how to vote in Connecticut during the 2020 election.

Poll: Nearly Three-Fifths Of New Yorkers Want Absentee Votes Counted Faster

Absentee Ballots
John Froschauer

A poll of New York voters has found support for speeding up the timetable for election workers to begin processing and counting absentee ballots in future elections.

The Siena College poll of 800 New Yorkers released Tuesday says 58% of voters want absentee ballots to be counted prior to Election Day.

The results come as local election boards are still counting a record number of absentee ballots received this year, with a handful of races still too early to call — now three weeks from Election Day.

Newly proposed legislation would allow local election officials to start counting absentee ballots on Election Day, rather than waiting several days to start the process.

Researchers say the change would not appear to help or hurt one political party or the other. However, 72% of Biden voters supported the measure, while 56% of Trump voters opposed it.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.