NY voting rights advocates want a law to allow ‘wrong church’ ballots to be counted
Frances de Chantal Church in the Bronx borough of New York City. - David Dee Delgado/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — Voting rights advocates are pushing for the state Assembly to approve a bill that would ensure voters who cast affidavit ballots at a wrong polling place don’t have their votes entirely invalidated. Under current state law, if a voter casts an affidavit ballot at a polling place that they haven’t been assigned to, the entire ballot is thrown out — even when, as is often the case, a poll worker has instructed them to submit the ballot then and there. Nearly 14,000 ballots in New York State were voided over such so-called “wrong church” ballot cases during the 2020 general election, a...