Updated: September 25, 2020 12:04 PM
Created: September 24, 2020 04:54 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County Board of Elections gave an update on absentee voting and the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 election Friday.
Officials say this year there is an unprecedented number of absentee ballot applications.
Every year there is a presidential election, the BOE sees an uptick in voter registration and this year is no different, with more than 25,000 new registrants so far.
Due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order stating all voters can vote absentee in November, the board is asking people to be patient as they process all the applications.
“For this year we have already received 94,395 applications to vote via absentee ballot,” BOE Deputy Democratic Commissioner Natalie Sheppard said. “From the 2016 presidential election that's almost quadruple and from our primary that's almost double and we still have about a month left for people to continue to request absentee ballots.”
To help with the influx of applications, the Board of Elections has expanded hours for their workers to seven days and hired more staff to help process the applications.
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