NY launches awareness campaign for absentee voting
Sep 10, 2020 1:45 pm
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics New York has launched an awareness campaign for absentee balloting. The campaign provides expanded voter options in light of an expected high turnout in the coming weeks, and the likelihood more votes will be cast through absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signaled his plan to sign executive orders to require local elections officials to have plans in place for dropping off absentee ballots at boards of elections, early voting locations, or at Election Day voting locations. The move is Intended to reduce the potential for long lines for in-person voting on November 3. Plans by local elections officials must be submitted to the state Board of Elections by September 21, and those plans must be made available to the public in the county Board of Elections office and on their website. Voters are able to drop off absentee ballots at their county board of elections offices as soon as they receive their ballot or at early voting locations between October 24 and November 1, as well as polling locations on Election Day. State lawmakers and Cuomo previously approved last month a package of measures meant to expand and strengthen absentee voting, including allowing absentee ballot applications to be submitted to the Board of Elections immediately, expanding the reasons for voting absentee to include the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring that all absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day or received by elections officials without a postmark the day after Election Day, will be counted. Information on absentee voting is available at the state board of elections website. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.