With the November 3rd general election approaching, New York should take action now to ensure that all registered voters can cast their ballots safely.
For nearly 40 years, the turnout of voters over the age of 45 has significantly outpaced that of younger Americans. Moreover, people over the age of 65 show up to the polls far more than any other age groups. However, the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) reports that people over 65 years of age, and those with serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, seem to be at highest risk for severe disease and even death from COVID-19 related illness.
To protect New York’s voters, election officials, and volunteers who staff polling locations – many of whom are retirees – New York should begin efforts now to develop alternative means for voters to cast their ballots in November. Older New Yorkers should not have to risk their lives or their health to exercise their right to vote.
Please take a moment to urge state lawmakers to enact legislation that will ensure New Yorkers can cast their ballots safely in November.