Voters Receiving Applications For Absentee Ballots [POLL]

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NEW YORK — By now every potential voter in New York should have received or will receive an application for an absentee ballot for the June 23 primary election. According to the state Board of Elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive orders require county boards of elections to mail absentee ballot applications to all eligible active and inactive voters.

Cuomo said that anyone could gotten an application for an absentee ballot before, but concerns over the new coronavirus have brought about a change.

"But we're making it more convenient, sending it directly with postage paid," he said during an April news conference announcing the action.

The executive orders also gave the county boards the ability to limit the application to the June 23 primary or special election. That, however, was not a mandatory requirement.

The executive orders recognized that the pandemic will still be a deciding factor in whether people are going out more by the time the primary is held. People who want to vote by mail with an absentee ballot need only to check "temporary illness or physical disability," due to the potential of contracting COVID-19, as the reason to request — and receive — an absentee ballot.

If you haven't received an application yet, it can be downloaded in English or Spanish through links on this web page. Alternatively, you may request an application by mailing, emailing or faxing a letter to your local board of election.

Addresses and phone numbers of local boards of election can be found through this link.

On the ballot will be candidates for president, as well as some congressional and state offices and others depending on where one lives.

And if you still want to vote in person for the primary, the polls will be open Tuesday, June 23.

So now it's your chance to weigh in on the issue. Vote in our unscientific poll and tell us what you think in the comments.

This article originally appeared on the New Rochelle Patch

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