New Yorkers Can Now Apply Online For Absentee Ballot

Michael Woyton
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NEW YORK — Requesting an absentee ballot for the November general election is now easier because voters can ask for one online. New York launched its electronic absentee ballot application portal that any registered voter can use if they don't want to vote in person while the new coronavirus is still a concern.

The absentee ballot portal went live Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"As the November election approaches, we know that many voters feel vulnerable in the midst of this pandemic," he said. "In line with the sweeping reforms we have implemented to make it easier for New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote, today we launch the online portal through which every registered voter concerned about COVID-19 can obtain an absentee ballot."

The process begins with entering your name, birth date, county and ZIP code to confirm that you are already registered to vote. You are then taken to a page where you decide how you want the absentee ballot delivered.

You must also give a valid reason for requesting an absentee ballot, which, this year, includes being affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential for contracting the illness.

The last day to apply for an absentee ballot online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail is Oct. 27.

Board of election officials are warning that the United States Postal Service has advised that they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before the election.

Other 2020 absentee ballot voting deadlines can be found by clicking here. Voter registration deadlines can be found here.

Early voting takes place beginning Saturday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 1. Check with your county's board of elections for times and locations.

This article originally appeared on the New Rochelle Patch