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Cuomo says democracy can’t be put on hold, issues executive order to mail ballot applications to all NY residents

Get ready to vote by mail.

At least if voters to choose to do it that way. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late this week that he would issue an executive order allowing all New Yorkers to vote by mail using the absentee voting process in June’s primaries.

Special elections across New York were also postponed until the general election in November.

Earlier in the month, Cuomo announced an executive order allowing residents to vote by mail without much restriction. However, the new order ensures that each resident will receive an application to get a ballot mailed directly to them.

It will be a postage-paid application.

“We’re making great progress to flatten the curve and decrease the spread of infection, but we don’t know when this pandemic will end and we can’t put democracy on hold,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am issuing an Executive Order to ensure every New York voter automatically receives a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot because no New Yorker should have to choose between their health and their right to vote.”

The Governor also outlined the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state. New York State revenues are estimated to decline by $13.3 billion – or 14 percent – from the Executive Budget forecast. Additionally, the revenues are estimated to decline by $61 billion over the financial plan period of FY 2021 to FY 2024.