State permits voters to request absentee ballots due to COVID-19 concerns

On April 26, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will allow voters who are concerned about voting in-person due to COVID-19 to vote by absentee ballot for the 2021-22 school budget vote and board of education election.

This legislation states that potential contraction of the COVID-19 virus will be considered an “illness” for the purpose of requesting and receiving an absentee ballot for the May 18 vote; therefore, eligible voters are entitled to receive an absentee ballot for this reason.

Voters who are concerned with the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19 should indicate that they are requesting a ballot due to illness. 

Voters who choose to vote by absentee ballot need to submit an absentee ballot application. To request this application, please contact District Clerk Meghann Khork, or (607) 295-7471 ext. 1416.

Please note: our budget newsletter was sent to print on April 22, before this legislation was passed. The newsletter indicates that the state had been advancing legislation related to voting via absentee ballot due to COVID-19, but it was not yet signed.