New York Daily News Bill would let voters register and get an absentee ballot in one step by Erin Durkin
Voters would be able to register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot at the same time under a bill to be introduced in the City Council this week.
Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will sponsor the measure, meant to streamline what is now a slow process.
“Voters don’t actually plan their lives around election day,” Kallos said. “This is a transient city where people are moving to where affordable housing is. And this would help a huge group of voters to be able to register and get an absentee ballot.”
Currently, a voter registering for the first time or changing their address sends in a form to the Board of Elections, then awaits a confirmation. Only after that may they request an absentee ballot, and then wait for that to arrive in the mail.
Many who don’t start the process early enough have ended up missing the chance to vote, Kallos said.
“This legislation would have helped so many of those people,” he said.