In an election year where the sitting President is doing everything in his power to undermine the institutions that hold this country together including the validity of the election process.
Voter suppression is continuing in States around the country. The USPS is having sorting machines and mail boxes removed. It seems that the ability to cast a vote in the upcoming election is becoming more and more difficult.
As voting is a constitutional right and not mandatory in this country it would seem that making voting an inconvenience and as difficult as possible would be a way to deter people from taking their time to vote for the people that will made decisions and lead the future of America.
But there is another way to cast your vote if you don’t feel like attending a polling station on the day or mailing an absentee ballot.
If you have requested an absentee ballot you can also return your completed ballot to the Office of the Board of Elections in your borough.
The Office of the Board of Elections has a drop in box for all absentee or mail in ballots.
Absentee voting in person begins as soon as the ballots are available, at least 32 days before an election and ends on Election Day.
You can deliver a completed Absentee Ballot and envelope to the Board of Elections Borough Office up until 9pm on Election Day.
You can find a list of dates for each election and the additional days and hours for in-office absentee voting on the Board of Elections website.
Each State, County and Borough has an office and it can be located by doing a quick web search.
For the State of New York here are the offices where you can drop off your Absentee Ballot.
32-42 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York NY 10004
118-35 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor
Forest Hills, NY 11375
1780 Grand Concourse, 5th Floor
Bronx NY 10457
200 Varick Street, 10th Floor
New York NY 10014
345 Adams Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201
1 Edgewater Plaza, 4th Floor
Staten Island NY 10305
In a year when every vote matters. If you know someone who is deterred by the whole voting process you can encourage them to submit their absentee or mail vote to the Office of the Board of Elections which can easily be found doing a quick web search.
Voting is a right, not a privilege.
Another Australian living in New York seeing what experiences it will bring. Don’t get me wrong, this has been a dream… about 16 years in the making!