Assemblywoman Galef Announces Passage of Bill to Allow Boards of Elections to Communicate with Voters by E-Mail

January 18, 2018

Today, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef announced the passage in the Assembly of her bill, A1057, which allows a voter to provide an email address as they register to vote, and requires the state board of elections to send notices and other communications by e-mail as well as postal mail, and gives the boards of elections of counties and the city of New York the option to communicate by email in addition to postal mail.

This bill does not eliminate postal mail communications, but gives the option of receiving digital copies of notices to those voters who would like them. As many people use digital means of communication as much, or more than, their postal mail, this gives them the opportunity to receive information in whatever medium is preferable to them.

“I am glad to see my bill to provide for and allow email communications between voters and the board of elections pass in the Assembly,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. “Increasingly, we rely on email for our information. This legislation will allow voters to have the information they need available whenever they need it on mobile devices, and allows people who keep records digitally to cut down on the paper they hold on to and yet keep record of important notices.”

Jennifer Wilson, Legislative Director for the League of Women Voters of New York State said, "Assemblywoman Galef's bill on allowing County Board of Elections to contact voters via email is an important step towards modernizing New York State's election systems. Currently, voter registration applications have an optional box for voters to include their email address. Board of Elections do not use these email addresses to communicate with voters. Using email rather than traditional mail will help Board of Election offices quickly send important information to voters. The League of Women Voters of New York State applauds the Assembly for passing this reform."