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Cardillo Extents Olive Branch To Tackle Voting Confusion

Robert Cardillo
Jeanette Lenoir, WIBX

Utica, NY (WIBX) - To avoid confusion at the voting booth in September, Republican candidate for Utica Mayor, Bob Cardillo, is extending an olive branch to his opponents, by offering a solution to the problem. Governor Cuomo called a Special Election for Tuesday September 13, to fill the 116th Assembly seat–However, that’s the same day as Primary Day, and Cardillo says the move will cause confusion because people will have to vote at two different times, using two different ballots.

“So, all of the people that are going to want to exercise their right to vote are going to be walking in–if they’re walking in at 10 o’clock in the morning, quite frankly I’d be a little upset if somebody said, ‘No you can’t vote in the Primary.’ So, I think what we need to do in the absence of having the ruling changed, which I don’t think is going to happen, is to at least educate the voters so that everybody has their right to vote, “Cardillo said.

Special Election voting is open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Primary voting runs from Noon to 9:00 p.m. Cardillo says he’s already reached out to the League of Women Voters, and is calling on his opponents to put aside their differences, and help pay for an ad campaign to inform voters about the upcoming changes. Cardillo is offering a contribution from his campaign to pay for the ads and says the other candidates should do the same.

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