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- S.8015D (Biaggi)/A.10833 (Dinowitz) Would allow any voter to use "temporary illness" to request their absentee ballot
- S.8370B (Myrie)/A.10830 (Lavine) Will allow voters to address issues with their absentee ballots so that their vote can be counted
- S.8783A (Myrie)/A.10807 (Taylor) To allow Boards of Elections to accept absentee ballot requests more than 30 days before an election
- S.8799A (Gianaris)/A.10808A (Bichotte) To allow Boards of Elections to accept ballots received within the deadline even if they do not have a legible postmark
- S.8806 (Gianaris)/A.08280C (Walker) To establish automatic voter registration
These bills will ensure that voters have the opportunity to vote via absentee in November without worrying whether or not their absentee vote will count.
The coronavirus has impacted many areas of our state elections. Voter registration numbers are down, voters are concerned about voting in person during the ongoing pandemic, and those who want to vote by absentee ballot are worried their vote may not be counted.
I am calling to urge the Senator/Assembly Member to support legislation that would ensure all voters have the opportunity to request to vote by absentee in November.
Voters deserve to vote safely and know their vote is counted which is why I urge the member to support additional legislation that would give voters notice if their absentee ballot has issues that may invalidate their vote and ensure ballots that arrive within the deadline but without a postmark date are still counted.
Finally, I want to urge the member to support automatic voter registration. New York State's voter registrations have been hugely impacted by COVID-19. Automatic voter registration will ensure no eligible voter is unable to vote because they are not registered.
I hope you will pass along my comments to the Senator/Assembly Member. Thank you.
Visit the Suffolk County Board of Elections here.
If you have questions about your NYS primary absentee ballot, call the Suffolk County Board of Elections at 631 852-4500.
DO NOT CALL THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS about missing ballots at this date, we are not affiliated with the Board of Elections and thus would have to re-direct you to them. Even if you’ve requested an absentee ballot, you may instead vote in person- that is the vote that will be counted for you.
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