National Guard may be sent to polling sites on Election Day: Cuomo

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York state is prepared to staff polling places with National Guard personnel and local government employees if its Board of Elections offices need help in November, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. 

In a teleconference on Monday, a reporter asked Cuomo about county Board of Elections offices that have been struggling to prepare for the Nov. 3 presidential election, both “financially and staffing-wise.” 

Cuomo said the state has asked BOE offices to “tell us what you need.” 

“If you need people to help administer, then tell us. And we’ll help you get the bodies,” he said. “We can use National Guard personnel to help. We can use other state employees to help.” 

“You have a lot of local government employees right now who, because of COVID, et cetera, the agencies are doing less work, so we have personnel that we can make available,” he added. “But they have to tell us what they need.” 

The state asked BOE offices to submit their staffing plans by Monday at the latest, Cuomo noted. 

“We don’t have any open responses of people who say we need bodies that we haven’t filled,” he said. “And today they’re supposed to give us their final staffing plan, and if they need bodies, we can provide them bodies.”