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New York

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: Balancing coronavirus concerns with election safeguards required New York to enact a new executive order before the question was put to voters in a ballot initiative

  • In previous elections, New York has been a state with no-excuse absentee voting, meaning that people who vote absentee must have a reason for doing so
     

  • In April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued an executive order that allowed “temporary illness” to qualify as an excuse for absentee voting

  • His administration also sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters who belong to a political party
     

  • In 2021, a constitutional amendment allowing for no-excuse absentee voting in every election will appear on voters’ ballots as a ballot initiative.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

NEW YORK

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 6%     2018: 5%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee Voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

No – Reasons for voting absentee include: being out of town on Election Day, physical disability or illness, being a resident of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital, or being detained in jail without conviction of a felony

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Voters sign an oath on the front of the return envelope and seal it; the signature is compared to signature on poll record

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes – Begins 10 days before and ends 2 days before Election Day

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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