Pass Automatic Voter Registration and Automatic Vote By Mail in New York

New York State Assemblymembers and New York State Senators

We are facing a crisis on many fronts: our elected officials are being held to task passing legislation to care for our housing, food, and medical needs during this pandemic and the economic downturn that may come with it. While we have to fight for debt cancellation, rent and eviction moratoriums, and cash payments to everyday Americans, we also need to protect our democracy.

Now is not the time to allow the federal government to postpone the General Election this November. We must make the polls as accessible as possible, now more than ever, not only to ensure everyone has the ability to exercise their right to vote, but also to take away any excuse the Trump Administration and GOP might have to extend his term.

We are calling on NY’s elected officials to work to pass and fund automatic voter registration and automatic vote-by-mail.


  1. Every New Yorker who is eligible to vote should be automatically registered, and every New Yorker should get a ballot in the mail at least one month before the general election, with a prepaid return envelope, so that everyone can vote from home.

  2. Mail-in ballots should all contain translated wording in every language currently supported by New York City’s Board of Elections’ paper voter registration forms.

  3. Mail-in ballots should contain information about how to cast the ballot, once filled out (via mail or drop-off at poll sites).

  4. Online voter registration and registration update websites must be made available quickly, to give New Yorkers the ability to update their addresses.

  5. In-person voting should still be made available as an option, for those who lose a mail-in ballot or who do not have a stable address.

  6. Poll workers and those opening and scanning mail-in ballots should be given proper safety equipment and guidance on how to use it.

  7. New York State should fund and support the county Board of Elections’ efforts to inform the public about this method of voting and its safety, via Public Service Announcements on television and radio, online targeted advertisements, and newspaper ads.

  8. Funding for all of the above should be included in every New York State Budget going forward.


These steps are crucial not only to protect the upcoming election, but also to ensure the accessibility of the polls for New Yorkers who have historically been disenfranchised by the inconvenience of our voting system: the elderly, those who cannot afford to take off work to vote, and those who cannot access their local polling places.



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We are calling on NY’s elected officials to work to pass and fund automatic voter registration and automatic vote-by-mail.

Every New Yorker who is eligible to vote should be automatically registered, and every New Yorker should get a ballot in the mail at least one month before the general election, with a prepaid return envelope, so that everyone can vote from home.

Mail-in ballots should all contain translated wording in every language currently supported by New York City’s Board of Elections’ paper voter registration forms.

Mail-in ballots should contain information about how to cast the ballot, once filled out (via mail or drop-off at poll sites).

Online voter registration and registration update websites must be made available quickly, to give New Yorkers the ability to update their addresses.

In-person voting should still be made available as an option, for those who lose a mail-in ballot or who do not have a stable address.

Poll workers and those opening and scanning mail-in ballots should be given proper safety equipment and guidance on how to use it.

New York State should fund and support the county Board of Elections’ efforts to inform the public about this method of voting and its safety, via Public Service Announcements on television and radio, online targeted advertisements, and newspaper ads.

Funding for all of the above should be included in every New York State Budget going forward.

These steps are crucial not only to protect the upcoming election, but also to ensure the accessibility of the polls for New Yorkers who have historically been disenfranchised by the inconvenience of our voting system: the elderly, those who cannot afford to take off work to vote, and those who cannot access their local polling places.