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Many voters are casting their ballots by mail this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In New York state, every eligible voter can vote by absentee ballot if they are worried about the virus, but the rules are still a bit complicated. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with the League of Women Voters' Jennifer Wilson to sort it all out.

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Today is national voter registration day and voting rights groups are encouraging people to register and make a plan for how they will cast their ballot.


Westchester County legislators are urging New York state lawmakers to allow an additional option for casting absentee ballots in the November election. They cite concerns about COVID-19 as the reason.

New York has a long and deserved reputation for having one of the most dysfunctional elections systems in the nation.  Election after election, New York has ranked at – or near – the bottom in terms of voter participation.

Several New York State lawmakers and a co-chair of the state Board of Elections are pressing for New York to expand its absentee voting laws to allow for more mail-in balloting, and to postpone the April 28 presidential primary until late June.