Dinowitz introduces extension for pandemic absentee voting following failed ballot measure


The Nov. 2 statewide ballot proposal to allow no-excuse absentee voting didn’t pass, but that hasn’t stopped state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, who is trying to expand eligibility as the pandemic continues.

A temporary measure allowing voters in New York to cite the pandemic as a reason to vote absentee will expire Jan. 1, 2022. The bill passed July 22-23, 2020, and was sponsored by Dinowitz, a Democrat, in the Assembly and Progressive state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in the Senate.