ALBANY, N.Y. – A new law in New York will ensure that absentee ballots match the actual ballots used to vote on Election Day. The legislation also stipulates that the absentee ballot applications created in 2010 be used in school district elections.
"We don't pull levers in the voting booth anymore, so our ballots shouldn't be designed for lever pulling. This legislation gets rid of dated ballot formats so that our absentee ballots match our primary ballots and helps ensure our democracy works,” said Sen. Zellnor Myrie, D-20.
A goal of the Cuomo’s Justice Agenda is to modernize New York's voting laws to increase voter participation.
The absentee ballot changes go into effect immediately and the ballot requirements for school district elections will take effect in 90 days.