Absentee Ballot Legislation in Albany
FRANCHISE PROTECTION IN 2020
This past week, both houses of the New York Legidslature passed S8310 (Myrie) / A10516A (Simotas) which authorizes electronic applications for absentee ballots and moves the postmark deadline for absentee ballots to Election Day (from the day prior), ensuring that voters can mail their ballot on Election Day and have their votes count, so long as the ballots are received within 7 days.
One bill that was recently introduced, S8015A (Biaggi)/A10271A (Blake), would extend the definition of illness sufficient to get an absentee ballot in November to include fear of getting sick or infecting someone with COVID-19. Additionally, Senator Myrie introduced several other bills intended to limit the ways an absentee ballot may be disqualified and provide voters with due process in the event of a challenge (S8367, S8368, S8369, and S8370.