Board of Elections commissioner: Voters shouldn't rely on postal system for mail-in votes if they don't have to

The general election is months away, but there could be some problems voting through the postal system.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 9:33 PM

Updated 1,375 days ago

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The general election is months away, but there could be some problems voting through the postal system.
With 78 days to go until Election Day, the Board of Elections in Westchester has never been busier.
But requesting a ballot the traditional way - as many people will do - will require a lot of interaction with the post office.
It requires four interactions with the post office. The Board of Election first mails people an application. Then voters have to mail it back. The Board of Elections will then mail out a ballot, which voters are required to mail back.
Reginald Lafayette, the Democratic Commissioner of the Board of Elections, said voters shouldn't rely on the U.S. postal system if they don't have to.
"If what I'm watching is halfway true, I'm concerned about the mail," he says.
Those who have concerns about the mail should know there are at least three ways to avoid dealing with the post office when voting.
The first is coming directly into the Board of Elections for starting in late September. Voters can go there to request a ballot application. Voters can get a ballot, fill it out and then they are done.
Residents can also vote early. There will be 17 locations across Westchester County where people can vote in person starting Oct. 24.
The other option is turning out to the polls on Nov. 3. There may be very long lines and potentially fewer polling precincts.
Officials say voters should make a plan and stick to it — and if they end up using the postal system, do everything as early as possible to avoid any problems.


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