Although the app takes steps in simplifying the registration process, Weiner proposed the board allow city voters the opportunity to also email their request for an absentee ballot rather than mailing in a paper document.
“While we may not yet be ready for online voting, the process of asking for an absentee ballot surely should be online,” Weiner said. “This modest proposal would reduce hassle and increase voter participation.
The proposal is part of his new “Keys to the City – 61 Additional Ideas to Keep New York the Capital of the Middle Class.”
“This needs to get addressed soon,” he said, standing in front of the Queens Board of Elections office at 126-06 Queens Boulevard.
“For too long, the Board of Elections has been a punching bag for the mayor because there’s no accountability,” he said. “It’s a state agency that has city offices, that no one really takes responsibility for.”
August 16 is the deadline to register to vote in the primaries and September 3 is the deadline for absentee ballots.