Multiple Voting Reforms Signed Into Law By Governor Cuomo

Chris Widelo, Mon, Aug 24th, 2020 7:58:21 am
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Ahead of the November 3rd General Election, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a number of voting reforms to give New Yorker more options if they decide to vote for absentee ballot in the election.

- Voters can now request an absentee ballot due to risk of illness due to themselves and others that includes but is not limited to COVID.

- Effective immediately, NY voters can request an absentee ballot for election day and eliminates an outdated provision that prevents the request of absentee ballots until 30 days before the election.

- Mail in ballots can now be postmarked on the day of the election, November 3rd. Additionally the Board of Elections (BOE) is also allowed to count all absentee ballots that have a time stamp showing it was delivered to the BOE the day after the elections but does not have a dated postmark.

In New York, October 9th is the deadline to register to vote in person or to have your voter registration for postmarked if registering by mail (25 days before the election).

To register to vote, request an absentee ballot, or for other voting related information and questions:

In New York City visit or call toll free 1-866-VOTE-NYC
Outside of New York City visit or call 1-800-367-8683

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