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New York launches portal for absentee voting

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(WBNG) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the state's absentee ballot portal on Tuesday.

All registered voters in New York state can click here to request a ballot.

To qualify for the absentee ballot, you must:

  • Be absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19)
  • Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more people who are ill or disabled
  • A resident or patient of a veterans health administration hospital
  • Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony

Cuomo said many voters feel uncomfortable voting in-person this year due to the virus.

"In line with the sweeping reforms we have implemented to make it easier for New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote, [on Tuesday] we [launched] the online portal through which every registered voter concerned about COVID-19 can obtain an absentee ballot," Cuomo said in a news release.

"Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and we want each and every voter to feel safe and secure in the exercise of voting," he said.


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