It is important to check your voter registration.
The voter registration deadline for the 2020 general election has passed in New York, but it still important to confirm that you are are (1) registered and (2) registered to vote at your current address. You should always vote at your correct poll site (the poll site assigned for your current address), even if that means you must complete an affidavit ballot.
Have you decided to vote by mail?
Once you receive your ballot, complete it and place it into the security envelope. Sign, date, and seal the security envelope and then place those materials (ballot + security envelope with barcode viewable through the envelope window) into the return envelope addressed to the board of elections. Seal that envelope. Completed ballots can be dropped off at your local board of elections office or at any early voting or election day poll site.
CREATE YOUR VOTING PLAN.
Know before you go…VOTE.
There are three ways to vote in New York during the general election this fall.
Request an absentee ballot and wait to receive your ballot by mail. After completing your ballot, place the ballot in the Oath/Security envelope. Sign, date, and seal the Oath/Security envelope and place it in the return envelope. Then drop your ballot off at your local Board of Elections, early voting poll site, or election day poll site. Absentee ballots must be returned or post-marked by election day, Tuesday, November 3rd.
Track your absentee ballot HERE.
There are 9 days of early voting from Saturday, October 24th through Sunday, November 1st. You will vote at an assigned early voting poll site during specified hours.
Find your early voting poll site and find your sample ballot HERE.
The General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. You will vote at your local poll site. Find your election day poll site and find your sample ballot HERE. Be sure to bring the fast pass you received from the NYC Board of Elections in the mail for a contactless check in to the poll site.
New Law Alert: 16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register to vote! Future voters should use the new voter registration forms available HERE.
#RESTORE THE VOTE
Those of us who attended BVA’s #restorethevote forum and/or have researched this topic know and understand that New York’s voting laws are steeped in racism. And to uphold these laws, more than a century later, without any reflection on why they were passed and if they are still needed does a disservice to all New Yorkers. Nowhere in our constitution does it state that a person loses their citizenship when convicted of a felony. Instead, the restrictions to felony enfranchisement are by operation of political calculations that we have the duty, and the right, to question.
While we at BVA are advocating for universal voting, where losing the right to vote becomes the exception (like in instances of election fraud) rather than the rule. We understand that not everyone is ready for such transformational change (six million people across the nation have lost their right to vote) and that opinions will not change in a day. Therefore, if you are not supportive of universal voting, we challenge you to first, engage with your individual understanding of this issue and formulate your reasons for non-support, and second, to share your opinions and work with us as we explore our advocacy in this area. We want to hear all voices as we work towards our goal of establishing a more just democracy. Want to learn more?
View or Download our one-sheet on felony disenfranchisement.
Check out The Sentencing Project. HERE.
The New York Times op-ed “Tell Me Again Why Prisoners Can’t Vote.” HERE.
2016 article from The Atlantic: Polls for Prisons. HERE.
Whether you support universal voting or you are not ready, BVA has 2 goals regarding felony disenfranchisement:
- To gather information on whether your representative supports codifying Governor Cuomo’s executive order granting a conditional pardon to people on parole, thereby restoring their right to vote and/or universal voting and
- To demand that the state legislature pass legislation codifying Governor Cuomo’s executive order
Please also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you receive an answer to these questions of wish to learn more or discussion felony restoration.