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Voter registration Campaign 2020.pdf

NYSDSC and NY State Institutions together with the REV UP network is composed of state and national coalitions that work to advance the Disability Vote.This is a non-partisan initiative within New York State to inspire college students with disabilities toward voter turnout and civic engagement. The National voter registration week is July 13-17, 2020. Let's get students with disabilities registered! Below on this webpage find the links to the voter registration and absentee ballot information for 2020. Please also sign at Change.org to become a member of the NYS Coalition of Higher Education and Disability's email list for further events and notices for this group.

New Law on 2020 Absentee Ballots Memo

On June 7, 2020, the Governor signed into law a bill1 amending various provisions of the Election Law, which aim to increase voter participation during the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing qualified voters to request absentee ballots through a variety of options, including mail, electronic mail, electronic transmittal service, or web portal established by the state, city, or county board of elections.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot Under Election Law 8-400(2)(d):

All qualified voters eligible to receive an absentee ballot will receive such ballot upon written request to the board of elections.

In addition to the existing means of submitting an absentee ballot requests (either through mail or fax), this bill adds the ability of a voter to submit an electronic application submitted through e-mail, or a web portal established by the state, city, or county board of elections.

This bill also removes the requirement that absentee ballot requests must be signed by the voter.

Note that this portion of this bill took effect on June 30, 2020, and will expire on December 31, 2020 (thereby applying to the November General Election).

Deadline for Receipt (Election Law Section 8-412(1)):

This bill extends the last date that all absentee ballots received via mail must show a United States Postal Service or a foreign postal service cancellation mark from the day before the election to the day of the election in order to be counted.

The bill applies similar extensions to federal write-in absentee ballots (9-209), military ballots (10-114), special presidential voters (11-110), and special federal ballots (11-212), respectively.

This portion of the bill took effect on June 7, 2020, and will expire on December 31, 2020.

Qualifications to Register to Vote in New York

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18);
  • resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship);
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Voter Registration Deadlines

Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

Voter Registration Forms

Once the form is completed, you need to print the form and sign it. The board of elections cannot accept any kind of digital or Adobe-generated signature. Then, mail the form to your county board of elections.

You can also complete an Accessible version of the New York State Voter Registration Form on-line by clicking on the link below, typing the necessary information and selecting the appropriate boxes.

Change of Name and/or Address

The voter registration form should be used as a change of address form. Notices of change of address from registered voters received at least 20 days before a special, primary or general election by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for that election.

Change of Party Enrollment

The voter registration form should be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. A change of enrollment received up until February 14th each year will be effective immediately. Changes received on or after February 15th until seven days after the June Primary will be set aside and opened the seventh day following the June Primary and entered in the voter's registration record. Please see Deadlines referenced above.

Absentee Ballot Forms

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