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- Cuomo plans to sign legislation allowing all New Yorkers to vote by mail if they fear voting in person because of COVID-19
- The bill mimics what was down for the June primaries, although it is a better guarantee this time because it is done by law
- NY passed a constitutional amendment making postal voting a permanent fixture, but that won’t come into effect until 2022
In the past, voters had to find an explanation as if they were out of town to vote by mail.“Currently, you can vote by absentee for several reasons, including illness. This bill will redefine disease to primarily include people who are concerned about contracting and / or spreading disease, ”said Bronx Democrat MP Jeffrey Dinowitz. “So it’s really aimed at COVID-19. ”
The legislation was passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature last month. It more or less mimics what was set for the June 23 primary, when most New Yorkers opted to vote by absentee.
But it was done by an executive order from Cuomo. This time it is by law, which is a better guarantee.
“Now we will be sure that people can vote by absent ballot no matter what in November, and next year,” Dinowitz said.
Unlike the June primary, when voters received a postal vote request form in the mail, they would need to contact the Election Office to obtain a ballot.
Meanwhile, lawmakers have already started the process of amending the state’s constitution to make postal voting permanent, but it must pass in two consecutive legislative sessions. And this bill will expire in early 2022, just before this amendment takes effect.
“So we passed a constitutional amendment, but what we have to do is we have to bring it back to the next session and pass it again,” said Democratic State Senator Brian Benjamin of Manhattan. . “So to fill this period, this bill will allow us to broaden the definition of the disease.”
In a recent legislative hearing, officials at the Election Office were asked whether it would be difficult to count all the votes received in the mail. They agreed it would, as they are expected to be four times more likely to vote compared to the June 23 primary.
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