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Cuomo Endorses No Excuse Absentee Voting For November

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Darren McGee
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will likely sign a bill passed by lawmakers to authorize COVID-19 as a reason to request an absentee ballot.

Cuomo endorsed an idea, discussed at a legislative hearing on the election, of creating more ballot drop boxes at polling sites. Voters could then deposit their ballots without using the mail.

“Either at a polling site, or in front of a polling site,” said Cuomo, who said voters worried about density or potential exposure to the coronavirus would not have to go into the polling place at all.

“Why not?” he said. “We know how to make boxes.”

There’s concern over efforts by President Donald Trump’s postmaster general appointee to slow down the mail in advance of elections, and Trump told Fox Business News that he opposes giving funds to the U.S. Postal Service because he wants to restrict Americans from voting by mail.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.