Keeping it her top priority for the next year, Governor Kathy Hochul has expressed that she wants all New Yorkers to be able to have access to the Vote-By-Mail option. 

Despite voters rejecting the option last month, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’ll make no-questions-asked mail voting a top priority in 2022. “I want New York State to be a leader, we have not been a leader in the past. We have made it too hard to vote…I believe that everyone should be able to vote by mail,” she told reporters in Albany Thursday. “I’ll be working with all my partners to come up with a very bold and ambitious plan to make sure New Yorkers have the right.”

Source: NY Post Hans Pennink

Hochul also promised the state would provide financial backing to help local boards of elections with the changes. “If there’s money required behind it…to the extent that we’ll be asking our boards of elections to do more, or undertake more costs, I believe that the state of New York should have a strong role in that, so that’s being worked out as well,” she said.

In response, State Senate GOP Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport) told The Post he opposes Hochul’s plan, as the provision was already shot down – predominately in Upstate counties – in November. Meanwhile, State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy added: “This is yet another attempt by this Governor to override the will of the people and manipulate future elections for her own gain. Sadly, just like her old boss, Andrew Cuomo, Kathy Hochul cares more about power than people and honest elections. This latest power grab is a step too far and just another reason that she will be defeated in 2022.”

Voters had earlier rejected a constitutional amendment on the November election ballot that would have permitted a permanent, universal vote-by-mail option for all registered voters.

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