Gov. Cuomo to issue order extending deadline for school budget ballots
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots in the upcoming primary elections, and said he'd issue an executive order extending the deadline for school districts to receive school budget ballots.
Cuomo said the legislation he signed extends the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the election. To be counted, primary ballots must be postmarked by June 23.
The governor had previously issued executive orders allowing New York voters to vote absentee in the June 23 primary elections, and to see that all registered voters in the state receive a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.
Cuomo also announced Sunday that he will issue an executive order extending the deadline for school districts to receive school budget ballots. To be counted, his office says school budget ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5 p.m. on June 9 and received by mail through June 16 by the school district.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world, and while we are making great progress and the numbers keep going down, no New Yorker should have to choose between their health and their right to vote," Cuomo said in a statement. "Extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots builds on our previous executive orders to make it easier for New Yorkers to vote absentee in the upcoming primary election and it will help to increase voter participation as we continue to fight this virus."