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Statement by New York State Conservative Party Chairman on Universal Absentee Ballots
April 21, 2020
“Universal absentee ballots for the upcoming New York primaries and special elections may sound like a voting solution during this ongoing health crisis, but it is an unconstitutional measure that would open up New York to rampant voter fraud potential. Governor Cuomo’s initial plan to allow universal absentee ballot applications was the right one due to the special circumstances during this crisis.
“Absentee ballots are inherently insecure voting documents — anyone can mail them back in to the Board of Elections — and universally distributing them would be both prohibitively risky and a flagrant violation of New York’s Constitution.
“The New York State Conservative Party urges Governor Cuomo to employ the solution he initially proposed, and to open a limited number of polling sites for anyone wishing to vote in person. By allowing all New Yorkers to apply for and cast absentee ballots, the integrity of our upcoming elections will be better secured.”