NY Attorney General Launches Hotline For Election Issues

Brendan Krisel

NEW YORK, NY — New Yorkers who run into trouble voting in this month's election will receive an assist from the state's top attorney, Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday.

The Attorney General's office will establish a hotline to guide voters through any problems they may experience while trying to vote during the June 23 election, at early voting sites or by absentee ballot. The office fields hundreds of complaints every year during elections, and this year the novel coronavirus pandemic and social distancing requirements will surely complicate matters, James said in a statement.

"No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote," James said in a statement. "Due to COVID-19, New Yorkers across the state are navigating new changes in how to cast their ballots in upcoming elections. During these unprecedented times, my office will do everything in its power to ensure that New Yorkers are able to exercise their right to vote safely and effectively."

All New Yorkers are eligible to request a mail-in ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic. Voters have until June 16 to request an absentee ballot. Click here to find your polling place, which is based on address.

Voters who need problems solved can call the hotline at 1-800-771-7755, fill out an online form or email election.hotline@ag.ny.gov. The phone lines will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during early voting and from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day. The New York Attorney General's office has established an election hotline each year since 2012.

This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch