New York is among one of the states in the U.S. which allows mail-in voting in accordance with N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210 (3). And for the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election, voters may actually want to consider mail-in voting as it may provide a safer way to cast votes in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
So how does mail-in voting work? A registered voter in New York may request a mail-in ballot by the deadline for as long as he/she possesses all qualifications and none of the disqualifications to wit:
- He/She must be a U.S. citizen;
- He/She is 18 years of age;
- He/She is a resident of New York at least 30 days before the election;
- He/She is not in prison nor on parole for a felony conviction;
- He/She is not declared mentally incompetent by a court; and
- He/She does not claim to have the right to vote elsewhere.
The ballot must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, in order for such ballot to be counted, or later in case of Postal Service delays.
Time and again the entire world holds its breath in anticipation for the electoral result of the U.S. Presidential election as POTUS holds power that not only affects the future of American voters but has a potent impact on the global community and the global economy. Come noon on January 20, 2021, the new President will be sworn into the highest position of the land. While, New York has near no opportunity for a win by a Republican Presidential Candidate, a vote for a Republican or a Democrat can have symbolic meaning. For example, if you are a Republican you may be able to show that the State is changing and that Democrats need to move more to the center – the opposite can, also, prove true.
If you are interested in more information on U.S. Mail-in Voting or if you have any election-related inquiries, please: Schedule a Call with an Attorney.
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