Monroe County will have to change the way it registers voters, based on the results of the 2010 census. The county’s population has surpassed the 125,000 mark, meaning the county must begin talks about creating a voter registration board. Chief Deputy Clerk Mike Szakaly said citizens likely won’t notice the change.
“You can have paper voter registration that are collected then taken to the office, you can go online that’s an option that was new last year, you can go to the office.”
But Szakaly said the administration side will be significantly different. Rather than registration being under the county clerk’s purview, the job will go to a panel made up of one Democratic and one Republican member who will be appointed by their respective party chairs.
But the county is facing a time crunch. By state law, a voter registration board must be in place 60 days before voters go to the polls in order to weigh on that election. That deadline for May’s primary falls next week. At the same time, a bill in the state Senate would abolish all voter registration boards, effective July first, meaning Monroe County’s could be dissolved almost as soon as it’s created.