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State launches online absentee application portal

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New York State has launched an online portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming General Election on November 3, which can be done here.

Governor Cuomo issued an executive order last month allowing anyone concerned about risk or exposure to COVID-19 to have the ability to vote via absentee.

All mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Election Day or received by the Board of Elections without a postmark on the day after the election will be counted.

Ballots with a postmark demonstrating they were mailed on or before Election Day will also be counted if received by November 10.

On yesterday’s National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, Common Cause/NY took the opportunity to encourage young people to work the polls in November.

“Poll workers are the backbone of our election operations and we need the next generation to step up, protect the vote, and keep our communities safe. Our current and future elections depend on them,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

According to the Pew Research Center, around six-in-ten U.S. poll workers (58%) are over 61 years old, around a quarter (27%) of whom are over 70. Many declined to work the 2020 primaries out of fear of contracting COVID-19.

Currently, there are roughly two million New Yorkers between the ages of 18-29.

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