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Governor Kathy Hochul signs bill allowing continuation of absentee vote policy

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill that allows any New Yorker to vote by absentee ballot through the end of 2022.


The bill allows anyone who’s not comfortable going to a polling place in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic to request an absentee ballot. “No one should have to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting their health and safety,” Gov. Hochul said in a statement. “This legislation will ensure the pandemic does not create inaccessibility for voters during upcoming elections and help protect New Yorkers’ access to the ballot.”

The bill continues a policy first put in place in July, 2020.

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In her State of the State address, the Governor said she wants to reduce the deadline for registering to vote from 25 days before an election to ten.



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