New York Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodIn person, mail, online.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Deadline25 days before Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoA8280C signed into law, establishes automatic voter registration on a rolling basis from 2023-2025.No Legislative Activity
Same DayNoNo ChangesSB517 (in committee) would allow same day registration.

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseAbsence, illness/disability, patient care at a Veteran's Administration hospital, incarceration, or awaiting trial.COVID-19 considered an acceptable excuse.SB0360 institutes no-excuse absentee voting.
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineSeven days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDNot requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxNot mentioned by statutes.Widely implemented throughout state by Governor's order.SB0492 and AB4128 establish new statutory language requiring drop boxes.
Return Deadline7 days after Election Day if by mail.
Close of polls on Election Day if in person.
No Changes A. 6047-A

PASSED


Allows mail-in ballots post-marked for election day to be counted.

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNo; state law silentNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyNot prohibitedNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNot prohibitedNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementOnly if the voter is unable to sign.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other---
Cure ProcessNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity;
Per New York District Court, unsigned absentee ballots allowed to be cured with 7 days of being notified of signature issue.

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDNot requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other Options---
Provisional BallotsUsed for first-time voters without valid ID, or voters whose names do not appear in the poll book.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours6AM-9PMNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeState obligated to provide resources to ensure 30 minute maximum wait time.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
ElectioneeringProhibited within 100 feet of polling places.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other---

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyUpdated continuously.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalDeath, felony conviction, moving, or mental incompetence.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity