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Absentee Ballot Request Forms to Be Mailed to All NY Registered Voters

It doesn't get any easier than that, so now there is absolutely no excuse not to vote!

On Thursday, April 23rd Black Westchester gave you the guide to absentee ballots in Westchester. The next day, the Governor made the process even easier. Charles Stern of RedBlueTalk, Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Baskerville and myself discussed the update Sunday night on People Before Politics Radio before the NYS Senator Shelley Mayer interview. Here is the update!

There is absolutely no excuse not to vote in the 2020 Democratic Primary if you are a registered voter. Yeah I know people are being extra cautious these days with the social distancing due to this COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. But you literally do not need to leave your home to cast your ballot June 23rd.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order, Friday, April 24th requiring the New York State Board of Elections to automatically mail all registered voters in New York a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot for the June 23 Democratic Primary Election.

Earlier in the month, the Governor had issued an Executive Order allowing all New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot in the primary.

What voters will be mailed is an application for the absentee ballot, not the ballot itself.

The application will need to be filled out and returned in order for a ballot to be mailed to voters. Voters requesting the absentee ballot because they are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or concern about contracting the virus should check the box for “Temporary illness.”

Voters may also download applications and return them to the Westchester County Board of Elections by mail, fax, e-mail or in person. Instructions can be found at

If you have not registered to vote yet or you have moved and need to change your address, here is what you need to know:

MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Application must be postmarked no later than May 29, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than June 3, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the Primary.

IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than May 29, 2020

CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by June 3, 2020 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Primary.

This is a very important election, not only are we voting for the Democratic nominee for President and all of our State Senate and Assembly seats will be on the ballot, in Westchester County one of the most important seats you can vote for is the office of Westchester County District Attorney. Your candidates in the Westchester County Democratic Primary are District Attorney Anthony Scarpino and Former US Prosecutor and MSNBC Legal Analyst Mimi Rocah. Click on the links, check out our interviews with the candidates, go to the website and find out all you can about each candidate so you can make an informed decision for DA and all the elected offices on the ballot.

Why is the district attorney important? What is the role and duties of the DA and how does the DA affect the community that he serves? The DA (felony cases) or Solicitor General (misdemeanor cases) is an elected representative of the executive branch of government. He or she serves as a link between law enforcement officers and the trial of cases. The DA generally has the duty to see that the law is enforced in order to keep our community safe. However, this duty actually extends to the ethical requirement of seeking justice and not merely convicting a person charged with a crime. This little known aspect of a prosecutor’s job is important because it allows the DA to negotiate criminal cases in good faith whereby a defendant can avoid convictions and even prosecutions under some circumstances. Victims of crimes are served by this negotiation process as well.

Every election we urge everyone to Get Up, Get Out and Vote. On June 23rd you do not even have to get up or get out absentee ballots will be mailed to you,all you have to do is fill it out and send it back in and a absentee ballot will be mailed to your address you are registered to vote.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, so now what is your excuse!

Between now and June 23rd you can find interviews with most of the candidates here on Black Westchester.


About AJ Woodson (2394 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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