ALBANY, NY (WSYR-TV) — In March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he was moving the state’s presidential primary from its scheduled date of April 28 to June 23.

The presidential primary will now be combined with primaries and special elections scheduled on that date for any congressional, state senate, assembly or local primaries.

According to the Board of Elections, the early voting period for these elections was originally scheduled to start on April 18, but that has also been pushed back June 13. The early voting period for an election on June 23 is from June 13 until June 21.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone can request an absentee ballot for the elections on June 23. The Board of Elections says to check the box “Temporary illness or physical disability,” to utilize an absentee ballot over concerns of COVID-19.

In March, NewsChannel 9 reported that county elections commissioners in a bipartisan effort asked the date be moved because of the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on their preparations.

Onondaga elections commissioners Michele Sardo and Dustin Czarny told that much of their staff was working from home as per the governor’s executive order, but there was too much work left to do that could only be done at the board’s offices.

They also pointed out the efforts to contain the spread of the virus meant many potential polling sites were not available and they had a shortage of poll workers.

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