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Lawmakers want to see website, mobile app for tracking your absentee ballot

Two bills proposed by downstate legislators aim to create a website and mobile app for tracking absentee ballots.

In August, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a series of election reforms aimed at making it easier for residents to vote. An executive order was signed in recent weeks to force local board’s of election to provide information to voters at the local-level about voting.


There have been attempts to pass this type of legislation in most years. However, those attempts have often been stalled by lawmakers — even after Democrats took control of all three levers of government in the state.

“As we continue working to expand vote-by-mail options for New York’s voters, it is imperative that we have systems in place that ensure confidence and accountability between voters and Boards of Elections. This legislation creates a framework that, if in place for the June 23 primary we just experienced, would have alleviated significant voter stress and empowered them to make educated decisions about how to participate in our democracy,” Assemblymember Dinowitz said of the bill.

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