Early Voting

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The New York State Senate has ensured New Yorkers can safely and securely vote in the November 2020 election. Last year early voting gave New Yorkers the opportunity to avoid lines at local polling stations. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, eligible New Yorkers may request an absentee ballot by mail if they believe in-person voting puts them or others at unnecessary risk

Important developments and key dates are provided below. Learn more about these and other election reforms enacted in the Senate. How did your Senator vote?

New Yorkers have more opportunities than ever to register and vote. To ensure your voice is heard and that you can exercise your civic duty safely and securely, the New York State Senate has enacted critical election reforms over the last two years. These reforms only make the process easier. Voting is ultimately up to you.

What does your Senator have to say on this issue? 

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Relates to requiring municipalities with the highest population in each county to have at least one polling place designated for early voting


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Neil D. Breslin

Relates to the number and location of early voting polling sites


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Anna M. Kaplan

Relates to absentee voting


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

August 20, 2020

Signed by Governor

Sponsor: Alessandra Biaggi

Makes provisions regarding the designation of polling places on college campuses


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

July 21, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Kevin S. Parker

Establishes portable polling locations for early voting


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Rachel May

Relates to designating early polling places


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Liz Krueger

Relates to the location of early voting polling sites


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Alessandra Biaggi

Authorizes variable message signs placed within the right of way of highways to display certain voting related communications


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Zellnor Myrie

Relates to the number of early voting polling sites


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Monica R. Martinez

Establishes an electronic personal voter registration process


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

January 09, 2020

Passed Senate

Sponsor: Michael Gianaris