N.Y. Voters Can Fix Problem Absentee Ballots Within Grace Period

Nov 4, 2020

New York Attorney General Letitia James says voters whose absentee ballots were rejected will be notified this week about how to fix them. Meanwhile, election officials on Long Island continue to count local and congressional races that remain too close to call.

New York’s new “notice and cure law” allows voters seven days after given notice to fix problems with their absentee ballots — including issues like leaving the envelope unsigned or unsealed. If their ballot is received on or after Election Day, they’ll have just five days after the state notifies them by mail, email or phone.

James says that given the record number of absentee ballots, it could take a few days for the state to notify voters. She said every voter has a right to have their voice heard, and the state will protect that right.

The state requires that absentee ballots be postmarked by November 3 and received by the state from for local election boards by November 10.