In the past, absentee ballots were an excuse-based system for voters who were sick or unable to be in Onondaga County on Election Day, said Dustin Czarny, an Onondaga County elections commissioner. New legislation Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed in August extends the illness excuse to include the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
The county anticipates a substantial increase in mail-in voting this year, Czarny said.
“In the primary, we saw 60% of our voting calculation voted by mail,” he said. “So that will mean instead of giving 10 to 15,000 absentees, we are giving 125,000 absentees.”