COVID-concerned voters in county can take part in June primary by absentee ballot or early voting

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Voters concerned about risking exposure to COVID-19 by taking part in the June 23 primary elections in New York may request an absentee ballot or cast a ballot in person during the nine-day early-voting period June 13-21, according to the state Board of Elections.

All voters eligible to participate in the June 23 elections have been mailed an absentee ballot application with return paid postage. Voters concerned about exposure to COVID-19 they may select “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason for requesting the absentee ballot. Completed absentee ballot applications should then be returned to your local county board of elections as soon as possible and be received at the respective board office no later than June 16 to receive at ballot by mail.

Ballots in Oneida County may be mailed to Oneida County Board of Elections, Union Station, 321 Main Street 3rd Floor, Utica, NY 13501. In Madison County, the address is Madison County Board of Elections, P.O. Box 666 Wampsville NY 13163.

Meanwhile, the deadline to register to vote for the June 23 primaries is this Friday, May 29. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by midnight Friday, and in-person registration must be done by Friday to be eligible for the primaries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the state Board of Elections recommends mail-in registration.  

The deadline for any registered voter wishing to change their enrollment for the purpose of voting in a specific party’s primary election was Feb.14.

The voter registration form can be downloaded from www.elections.ny.gov. Alternatively, if you have an established account at the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, you may register online at dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-applicatio). You can also register or find forms at most state and federal government offices, including post offices.

Persons who are unsure whether they are registered, wish to verify their current address, or find out where to vote, may look-up this information at www.elections.ny.gov.

Among primary races are a Republican primary for the 22nd Congressional District, and a Democratic primary for the 121st Assembly seat between Dan Buttermann and Corey J. Mosher. The seat is now held by first-term Republican John Salka. Democrats also will hold a presidential primary.

Voters may also email, fax or call their county board of elections to request an absentee ballot without the use of the application. If returned by mail, ballots must be postmarked June 22 and received by the applicable board of Elections by June 30. If returned personally, it must be received by the board of elections before 9 p.m. June 23.

Poll sites will be open everywhere from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 23.

For more information on registering to vote, visitwww.elections.ny.gov.

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