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AG supports court’s decision to keep NY’s absentee voting laws in place

NYS Attorney General Letitia James talks from behind podium.
Scott Willis
NYS Attorney General Letitia James stops in Syracuse to announce action against Green National, the company that owns the troubled Skyline Apartment complex and other properties.

A legal challenge to strike down New York laws, which expand absentee voting access, was rejected by the Appellate Division Third Department on Tuesday.

In 2021 and 2022, the state made changes to ensure when minor technical mistakes were found on ballots, it wouldn’t make them void. Ballot counting processes and timelines were also updated.

State Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement she is happy with the outcome of the decision to keep commonsense election integrity initiatives in place.

“We should be taking every step possible to empower voters and ease New Yorkers’ access to the polls," James said. “I was proud to defend New York’s absentee ballot reforms, and am happy with the decision to keep these commonsense election integrity initiatives in place."

In recent years, James has been a strong defender of voters' rights and access to early and absentee voting.

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