In response to advocacy by a diverse coalition of groups, Governor Cuomo announced late this afternoon that all New Yorkers would be able to vote by paper ballot (known as an affidavit ballot) at any polling place in the state, and that all such ballots would be counted.
The Governor’s announcement came two days after the New York Immigration Coalition, together with the Election Protection Coalition, Common Cause/NY, and thirty other groups asked the Governor to take such emergency action. Click HERE to see that sign-on letter.
Click HERE for the full text of the Executive Order.
“Hurricane Sandy did enough damage to our state; we couldn’t let it also undermine our democracy,” said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. “We thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing how crucial it is to protect the right to vote for all New Yorkers at this time.”
For displaced voters casting ballots outside their home districts, you can go to ANY POLL SITE IN NEW YORK STATE and vote by affidavit ballot. The paper affidavit ballot will be counted in your home district, however; so only those national, statewide, or local offices that are the same in both your home district and the one in which you are voting will be counted.
The Executive Order is supposed to be prominently posted at all poll sites in the state, and all election monitors are supposed to be provided with extra affidavit ballots and instructions on collection and delivery to home districts.
For poll site and ballot information in New York City only, please check out our partners at whosontheballot.org.
The Governor responded quickly at crunch time and heard our voices.
Please spread the news to family, friends, community members and media and let’s vote tomorrow in force!
For more information about the Immigrants Vote! Campaign, please contact Manny Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrants Vote! Campaign Partners:
Arab American Association of New York
El Centro del Inmigrante
Hudson Valley Community Coalition
Minkwon Center for Community Action
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Queens Community House
Russian American Voter Education League
Westchester Hispanic Coalition