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Governor Cuomo has issued two executive orders regarding Absentee Voting. All voters who are concerned about contracting COVID-19 can vote by absentee ballot in any election held on or before June 23rd 2020. This includes the June 23rd congressional and presidential primary elections.
If you are eligible to vote in an election held on or before June 23rd, your county Board of Elections is required to mail you an Absentee Ballot application. Look for your Absentee Ballot application in the mail. You should receive it by May 15th.
The New York state Democratic Presidential Primary will be held on June 23rd. It has been uncancelled.
May 29, 2020 is last day to register to vote in the June 23rd Primary
How to Vote by Absentee Ballot
Step 1: Fill out an absentee ballot application.
If you have an election to vote in (see NOTE Below), and if you do not receive an absentee ballot application in the mail by May 15th, 2020, get an absentee ballot application from the New York State Board of Elections website, or from your local board of elections.
NOTE: Depending on your party affiliation, or lack thereof, some New York residents will have not have an election to vote in. If you have no election to vote in, your County Board of Elections will not mail you an absentee ballot application. If you do not get an absentee ballot application in the mail by May 15th 2020, and you believe that you have an election to vote in, you can phone your County Board of Elections to confirm why you did not receive an absentee ballot application.
The absentee ballot application on New York State Board of Elections website is an editable PDF document. You can complete it while online and save an electronic copy (PDF format) that you can email to your local board of elections. Or, you can print a paper copy of the form and fill it out by hand. Here is a link to the form.
When filling out the absentee ballot application to request an absentee ballot because of COVID-19, check the box for “Temporary illness or physical disability.” Be sure to sign the form (you are not required to sign in-person).
Step 2: Send the application to your local board of elections.
You must submit the absentee ballot application to your county Board of Elections on or before June 16th 2020.
You can submit the absentee ballot application by:
(1) Emailing the form to your local Board of Elections
(2) Faxing the form to your local Board of Elections
(3) Mailing the form to your local Board of Elections
. . . (envelope must be postmarked on or before June 16th)
Find the email address, or the postal mail address, or the fax number for your local board of elections on their website. Do a Web search to find you county’s Website. For example: board of elections albany county new york
Step 3: Return your absentee ballot by the voting deadline.
After receiving your absentee ballot, follow the instructions that are provided to complete and return it by the required deadline.
For Additional Information
To get detailed information about all options for voting in the county that you live in, go to your county’s Board of Elections Website. Do a Web search to find you county’s Website. For example: board of elections albany county new york
For general information on absentee voting and other voting options go to the state Board of Elections Website:
You can also get useful information at the New York State League of Women Voters Website at this link: https://my.lwv.org/new-york-state
Step 1: Download the Sign
Right click on the image above.
From the drop down menu choose “Save Image As . . .
Save the image to any file location of your choice.
Print the sign (in color if possible), to use in your photo or video.
Step 3: Email Your Photo or Video to:
Step 2: Holding the Sign, Take a Selfie or Make a Video
For a photo, hold your sign in front of you and take a photo. Be sure you can see all of you and all of the sign, from the top of your head to the bottom of the sign.
For a video, you can use the following script, or make up your own.
Commissioners Kellner and Spano, my name is ______ and I’m a voter in _____ county. I demand that you un-cancel the New York Presidential Primary election. Canceling the primary disenfranchises voters like me. It sets a dangerous precedent. Let Us Vote.
Step 4: Post & Tweet to Your Social Media Accounts
Also, Tweet your photo or video to the New York State Board of Elections with the tag @NYSBOE. Include hashtags #UncancelNYPrimary and #LetUsVote in your tweet.
Post your videos to your other other social media accounts and include the
hashtags #UncancelNYPrimary and #LetUsVote.