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Cuomo signs bill to expand absentee voting in New York

Cuomo signs bill to expand absentee voting in New York
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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoMississippi runs out of coronavirus vaccine as state expands eligibility Cuomo announces performance initiative to revive New York's arts economy Republican Staten Island candidate apologizes for Hitler reference MORE (D) signed a bill Thursday that will allow all New Yorkers to vote by mail if they are concerned about the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

“I just signed legislation to guarantee that New Yorkers can vote safely & that EVERY vote counts,” Cuomo tweeted. “All voters can now request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID.”

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New York law previously limited absentee ballots to voters who were absent from their county or unable to get to their polling site because of an illness, a physical disability or if they are a caretaker. The bill Cuomo signed broadens the meaning of an illness to allow voters who are concerned of spreading or contracting the coronavirus, WROC reported

Cuomo had previously signed an executive order allowing all New Yorkers to vote by mail in the June 23 primary election. 

New York’s law come amid President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE’s ongoing bashing of mail-in voting, including repeating unfounded claims that the process leads to widespread fraud. 

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It also comes amid scrutiny over changes at the U.S. Postal Service amid what is expected to be a surge in voting by mail in November. Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyJudge approves deal to expedite Georgia runoff ballots DeJoy's calendar released by Postal Service is almost entirely redacted Postal employees report backlogs across the country amid holiday shipping MORE said earlier this week he will delay a series of reforms after lawmakers raised concerns they could slow delivery, but Democrats are still objecting over changes that have already been made. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency Dozens on FBI's terrorist watchlist were in DC day of Capitol riot Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that DeJoy does not intend to replace Postal Service sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other infrastructure that were removed before he announced he’d postpone the changes until after the general election. 

DeJoy is scheduled to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, and the House is expected to vote Saturday on legislation to provide $25 billion in emergency funding for the Postal Service and prevent changes to its operations.