ALBANY, NY —Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 28 primary election has been moved to June 23. Early voting will begin on June 13 and end June 21. All New York voters will be able to vote absentee in the upcoming election, and all voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application. Further, voters may fill out the absentee ballot application as soon as possible to help ensure they receive an absentee ballot. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted.
Applications for absentee ballots are available throughout the state at individual county board of elections offices. Applications may also be downloaded at www.bit.ly/TRRnyabsentee. Upon completion, applications must be mailed to the county board of election no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
You may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to the county board of elections. The letter must be received no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information: the address where where the ballot is to be sent, the reason for the request, and the signature of the voter.
If a voter applies by letter, an application form will be mailed with the ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with the ballot. On the application, voters may check “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason they are requesting an absentee ballot.
If a voter cannot pick up the ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, the voter has the right to designate someone to pick it up for him or her. Only that person designated on the application may pick up and deliver ballot.
If a voter is permanently ill or disabled, he or she has the right to receive an absentee ballot for each subsequent election without further application. The voter should file an application with the county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability. The voter will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until the registration is canceled.
In addition to voting by absentee ballots, voters may also go to the polls and vote in person because polling places will be open on the day of the primary election.
The New York State Board of Elections on April 27 canceled the Democratic Primary for President of the United States in a move to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The cancelation was opposed by some of Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters. Sanders suspended his campaign and is supporting former Vice President Joe Biden.
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