ALBANY, N.Y. – New York voters can now go online to request absentee ballots for the November election.
The state launched the web portal in an effort to ensure people receive ballots in time to vote.
"As the November election approaches we know that many voters feel vulnerable in the midst of this pandemic,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "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. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and we want each and every voter to feel safe and secure in the exercise of voting."
The state added ‘fear of contracting or spreading illness,’ including COVID-19, as a qualifying reason to request to vote via absentee. Because of this, the state is expecting an influx of mail-in votes.
In August, Cuomo signed election reforms meant to better prepare boards of elections for the potential increase in absentees, by requiring proper staffing plans and updating voters on upcoming deadlines.
To request a ballot online, click here.