Ny State Senate Wants To Change Absentee Ballot Rules

05.26.09 | FL News Team

The state Senate plans to pass legislation to make it easier for members of the military and other voters overseas to cast absentee ballots prior to the end of the session. The bill extends the deadline for an absentee ballot to be received following a primary and general election. All ballots received by the Board of Elections up to seven days after a primary, or 13 days following a general or special election, will be counted.

The current deadline is seven days, making it difficult for many military personnel to have their votes counted. The measure also would allow overseas voters to fax or e-mail their request for an absentee ballot for the first time.