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Vote by mail? Good government advocates urge lawmakers to codify Cuomo’s executive order

A good-government group called Common Cause is urging state lawmakers to codify an absentee ballot expansion Governor Andrew Cuomo offered as an executive order last week.

That order pertained to the June 23rd primary and special elections. They were originally to be held in late-April. However, due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic — it was moved.

Under Cuomo’s order, any eligible voter will be able to obtain an absentee ballot.

“Tuesday’s election in Wisconsin was an avoidable travesty that need not occur in New York. With foresight and planning, like expanding absentee voting and increasing early voting days and poll sites, voters will be able to exercise their democratic rights without risking their lives,” Sarah Goff, the deputy director of Common Cause New York told Spectrum News.

Absentee ballot voting has narrow scope in New York. Other states, who have held in-person voting since the pandemic started — have seen low turnout.