A few weeks ago I posted about the Governor’s order allowing any New Yorker voting in the June 23rd Democratic primary to request an absentee ballot. Since then there have been a few important updates:
- Yesterday the State Board of Elections announced that the New York Democratic presidential primary would be canceled and Joe Biden declared the winner by default. They had previously rescheduled the primary for June 23rd but since Bernie Sanders dropped out they are canceling it outright. They did not cancel the Congressional primary scheduled for the same date.
- The Governor announced all Boards of Elections should send a paper, postage-paid request form to every registered voter in anticipation of the June 23rd primary. You have the option to wait to receive this form, fill it out, and mail it back to request your ballot. If you do so remember to select “temporary illness or disability” as your excuse for needing a ballot, as the Governor’s order expanded that definition to include anyone isolating due to COVID-19.
- This morning the New York City Board of Elections rolled out www.nycabsentee.com, a website where voters who cannot or don’t want to print and mail in a request for an absentee ballot can request one online.
For those of us on the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island there is still a primary in the 12th Congressional District on June 23rd even if there will be no presidential primary. If you do not feel comfortable going in person to the polls you should request a mail-in ballot using one of the above-described methods.