"They should have their right to vote, whether it be absenteeism or actually going to the polls. It's their right as a citizen of this country to vote and this new law is just stealing it out from underneath them, its wrong," says Craig Hook, Utica resident.
"We have folks, men and women serving our country overseas and we're telling them you can risk your life serving your country, but you cannot pick and choose the people in your local elections that are going to represent you," says Jim Zecca, Utica councilman.
Councilmen Zecca and Vescera are asking Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and state senator Joe Griffo - to introduce legislation to change the law. Eyewitness News tried to contact Board of Elections but were unable to get a comment due to the Labor Day holiday.