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New Yorkers to decide on five ballot questions, with impacts for voting rights in the state

 A polling place in Albany in 2020.
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A polling place in Albany in 2020.

When New Yorkers cast ballots this fall, with early voting starting Saturday and election day November 2, there will be more at stake than local races for mayor and supervisor.

Several constitutional amendments are on the ballot this year. Two concern voting itself: same-day registration, and no-excuse absentee ballots. The third would alter the state’s redistricting process.

To help break down the questions, we spoke with Albany Law School Government Law Center Legal Director Richard Rifkin.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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