Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York’s absentee ballot portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming Nov. 3 election. The Governor acted by Executive Order to allow any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID during the ongoing pandemic to request an absentee ballot, according to the press release.
“As the November election approaches we know that many voters feel vulnerable in the midst of this pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said in the statement. “In line with the sweeping reforms we have implemented to make it easier for New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote, today we launch the online portal through which every registered voter concerned about COVID-19 can obtain an absentee ballot. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and we want each and every voter to feel safe and secure in the exercise of voting.”
This is not online voting, simply applying to receive a ballot to vote-by-mail. Voters must already be registered to vote. To register to vote online, click here.
Previously, voters would have needed to fill out a paper form and mail it to their local county board. Applications could be lost in the mail or filled out incorrectly without the voter ever being notified.