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New York law prohibits candidates from serving as poll watchers

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ALBANY, New York — New York has amended state election law to prohibit candidates from serving as poll watchers in an election district where they appear on the ballot.

Sponsors say in some jurisdictions, it's common for candidates for public office to be appointed poll watchers, even though election inspectors say that borders on electioneering and is intimidating to voters.

The law says this new provision doesn't prevent candidates from visiting a polling place in their districts on Election Day when polls are open.

The measure, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, is effective immediately.

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