Rep. Stefanik Asks New York Voters to Report Mask Requirements at Polls Voters cast their ballots on Nov. 2, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images)
By Jack Gournell | Tuesday, 02 November 2021 08:12 PM
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., tweeted Tuesday that her office has received reports that New York voters in some towns and cities have been told they must wear masks to vote and asked that people let her office know about any such incidents.
"Let us be very clear. This is illegal voter suppression," Stefanik tweeted. "The New York State Constitution is clear, nothing can inhibit a legal voter from going to cast their ballot in person. There is currently NO mandate requiring a voter to wear a mask to go vote despite what a Democrat poll worker will try to tell you."
Stefanik's message used the same phrase Democrats have used when accusing Republicans of attempting to suppress minority votes. Republican voters are less likely to wear masks — many saying that they either have not been proved effective or an effort for the government to control citizens.
"The work of certified Republican poll watchers has never been more important to hold the line and report this illegal activity immediately to your local board elections as well as our office," Stefanik said.
Stefanik's office had not returned a message from Newsmax on Tuesday night about how many reports it had received on its tip line.
The Virginia GOP made a similar complaint on Tuesday, as the nation is closely watching the governor's election there.
"There have been several reports from voters who say they were told by poll workers that they are required to wear a mask in order to vote. To be clear, if someone is not wearing a face covering they may NOT be turned away or refused their right to vote," the Virginia GOP wrote Tuesday on Twitter.
"Masks are NOT required to vote. There is no mask mandate in Virginia," they said.