New York’s constitution recognizes that the right to vote is the foundation of our democracy. It is preservative of all other rights.
Addressing the ongoing public health crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic may require real changes to how New Yorkers exercise constitutional rights, including the right to vote. By adopting common sense practices used in other states, New York can continue to promote vigorous voter participation, while also ensuring that New Yorkers can comply with public health directives to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
As a first and immediate step, we must ensure that as many voters as possible can vote by mail.