State Legislature back in session, considering bills on voting by mail |

State Legislature back in session, considering bills on voting by mail

Updated: July 21, 2020 05:12 PM
Created: July 21, 2020 03:15 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — The State Legislature is back in session this week and expected to address bills on the coronavirus pandemic, nursing homes and automatic voter registration.

The State Senate just passed a new election bill that would amend the constitution to allow 17-year-olds to vote in a primary if they will be 18 by the time of the presidential election.

It still has to go to the State Assembly for approval.

The Legislature is working to address problems with voting by mail, which has led to delayed election results.

In Monroe County, unofficial results for the primary and special elections that took place on June 23 were released July 8.

Official results are still not available at the time of writing this article, as the mail-in ballots need to be certified, which could take as long as counting did.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously said he supports offering more flexibility to local boards of elections to count ballots that are postmarked after Election Day.

Other legislation would allow expanded voting by mail in the November election.

Bills on topics such as the redistricting process and the confidentiality of information uncovered during contact tracing are also on the table.

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