Stock Image.MAYVILLE — With COVID-19 concerns and social distancing recommendations, the Chautauqua County Board of Elections Commissioners are urging voters to apply now for absentee ballots for the upcoming November elections.Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram said it is not too early to apply for the absentee ballots with an approved reason.“It’s not too early to apply for absentee ballot for any allowed reason,” said Abram.Absentee ballot applications are available for download at votechautauqua.com or by calling the Board of Elections at 716-753-4580 to have an application mailed. ”If voters are concerned for the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend voters select ‘Temporary Illness’ as the reason on the application for voting absentee,” said Green. “This is a worldwide pandemic and each of us may or may not be virus carriers and thus we are all eligible to check off temporary illness as the reason to qualify for a NYS absentee ballot.”Other categories for absentee ballot applications include: being permanently physically unable to go to the polls; being a care giver for a voter who is permanently unable to go the polls, who must reapply each year; being out of the county on Election Day; being a military or overseas voters, who must reapply every two years and are able to download their ballot; voters who move out of the county too late to register in their new locale out of state may apply for a special presidential ballot.Ballots will be mailed in Chautauqua County starting on Friday, Sept. 18. The period to apply for an Absentee Ballot with a United States Postal Service postmark is now through October 27. Absentee Ballots are not able to be forwarded, so voters should fill out applications now with a ballot to mailed where they will be the week of September 18.Absentee voting will run Friday Sept. 18, through 5 p.m., Monday Nov. 2, at the Board of Elections Hall Clothier Building, 7 N. Erie St. Mayville, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Early voting will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 1, in Mayville, at the Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood, and at the County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk.In person voting will be held as always at all county poll sites Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Social distancing and masks will be required for all in person voting and masks will be provided if a voter does not have one. Election inspectors are trained to be accommodating to voters who refuse to wear a mask and will take precautions including the limiting of other voters to enter the poll site while the non-masked voter is voting and to completely clean any area where the non-masked voter touches or may have contaminated.Due to the pandemic, the Board of Elections is preparing for as many as 35,000 absentee ballots to be requested and mailed for this year election out of an enrollment of nearly 77,000 active voters. More information may be obtained about voting by visiting www.votechautauqua.com.In related news, the New York State Legislature passed automatic voter registration, which introduces a streamlined, more accessible voter registration process, officials saidNew Yorkers would be automatically registered whenever they interact with a “qualified” government agency like the DMV or Department of Health. Millions of New Yorkers use these city and state agencies for basic necessities like housing, social services, health insurance, disability services, unemployment insurance, etc.Having passed the Senate on Wednesday and the Assembly on Thursday, the legislation still must be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to become a law. The bill would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.Automatic voter registration, or AVR, is part of a legislative package building on previous voting rights legislation. Counting Washington D.C., 20 states already have some form of AVR. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
How many have heard of the Rooney Rule in pro football? In essence, it states that you must interview at least one minority candidate before you hire a head coach. People are questioning if Oakland talked to anybody except John Gruden before they hired him.Pro football is basically a monopoly when it comes to coaching candidates. Most of the time NFL owners just rotate coaches when they want a change. They seldom go outside and look for any new talent. It is almost the same way with assistant coaches.One of the few exceptions is Chip Kelly who was the Philadelphia Eagles head coach between 2013-15. He was a college coach in Oregon before he went to the Eagles. Kelly is now back in the college ranks. The owners seem to think that only the pro experience is valuable enough for them to coach their teams. In most cases, this seems to be true.
ANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani, home run derby participant?The Angels haven’t ruled it out.Though he’s been unable to pitch since he underwent Tommy John surgery last October, Ohtani has been a productive designated hitter since making his 2019 debut in May. Ohtani entered Sunday’s game against the Mariners batting .257 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in his first 27 games. His on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) has risen from .625 on May 27 to .762.Ohtani’s long batting practice drives are the stuff of legend, and this might be his only major league season as a full-time hitter. Why not let him participate? “If that is something we are presented with,” Eppler said via text message, “we’ll look into it at that time.”INJURY UPDATESAs expected, Trevor Cahill was formally placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right elbow inflammation. Because the move is retroactive to Thursday, he is eligible to be activated in seven days.The 31-year-old right-hander said he felt tightness in the elbow in his most recent start, Monday in Chicago. He compared the severity of the pain to an incident that caused him to miss one start last year, when Cahill pitched for the Oakland A’s.“I took a rotation off, and I started back up and treated it like an all-star break I guess,” he said. “Five days off from throwing and just started throwing again and the pain was gone.”Cahill is 2-6 with a 7.18 earned-run average in 12 starts this season. He’s completed six innings just once in his last nine outings.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “That would be something I guess he would have to decide,” Manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday.The league announced in March that it would award $1 million to the winner of this year’s derby, which will be held July 8 in Cleveland. The total prize pool last year was $500,000. This year it will be $2.5 million.Ohtani’s base salary for this season is $650,000. The Angels gave him a $2.3 million signing bonus last year. The winner’s purse would do more for Ohtani’s net worth than most of his teammates. Mike Trout has never participated in a home run derby. Albert Pujols has participated in four, but none since 2015.Since then, the format of the derby has changed. Participants last year were limited to four minutes, plus a possible 30 seconds of bonus time. If swinging for the fences repeatedly in such a short amount of time posed a medical risk to a man’s elbow, it didn’t occur to Ausmus Sunday.Ohtani declined comment through a team spokesperson. Angels general manager Billy Eppler was a bit more cautious about his two-way star possibly participating in the derby. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I feel like I’ve been getting better but the results haven’t been a lot better,” Cahill said. “But as far as my stuff on the mound, I feel like it’s getting better. So it’s bad timing. But I’m hoping with extra rest I’ll come back even stronger.”Outfielder Justin Upton (turf toe) took a day off from his minor league rehabilitation assignment with advanced Class-A Inland Empire. He will return Monday, Ausmus said.Infielder David Fletcher was held out of the lineup with soreness in his left shoulder. Ausmus said the injury isn’t so serious that Fletcher will be placed on the injured list.ALSOPitcher Dillon Peters was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake one day after picking up the win Saturday in relief against the Mariners. … Pitchers Jose Suarez and Nick Tropeano were formally recalled from Salt Lake prior to Sunday’s game. … Catcher Jose Briceño hasn’t played for Salt Lake since May 18 and is expected to be out a little while longer as he recovers from a shoulder injury, Ausmus said.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning) vs. Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu), 7 p.m, Fox Sports West Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros