Leslie Danks Burke: Over 15,000 Ballots Have Not Been Returned

October 23, 2020

From Leslie Danks Burke:

With record levels of voters requesting vote-by-mail ballots under special rules in place due to the pandemic, Leslie Danks Burke today revealed that based on outreach from her campaign to the five boards of elections in the 58th SD, over 15,000 Southern Tier and Finger Lakes residents have received — but not returned — their ballot for the November 3rd election. With contested races up and down the ballot and concerns about mail delays, her campaign is urging people to return ballots as soon as possible, and prepared a how-to video to help voters make sure their ballots are filled out and submitted properly.

“If you can’t vote in person, either early or on Election Day, submitting your absentee ballot now is the best way to get your vote counted,” said Danks Burke. “Ballots that are incorrectly filled out or arrive too late won’t be counted, and that’s especially critical in this vitally important election. Avoid mistakes, like not signing your name, not putting your ballot into both the inner and outer envelope, or not putting on a stamp, to avoid invalidating your ballot.”

As an educational service on how to properly get in their ballot, Danks Burke’s campaign put together a video. It can be viewed here. With dramatically higher rates of outstanding ballots, including 3,447 in Chemung County, 845 in Schuyler County, 3,210 in Steuben County, 7,528 in Tompkins County and 759 in Yates County, it is imperative to properly fill out and return those ballots.

“There are 15,000 ballots out there that absentee voters haven’t mailed back yet, which means 15,000 voters whose chance to have their voice heard in this election and in Albany is at risk,” said Danks Burke. “We’re urging all voters: independents, Democrats and Republicans, to do their part by filling out and mailing in your ballot as soon as possible.”
Danks Burke has received an outpouring of support from community organizations, labor unions, and political leaders, including endorsements from the New York State AFL-CIO; NYSUT; the Working Families Party; U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; EMILY’s List; Planned Parenthood Empire State Votes PAC; Eleanor’s Legacy; NOW NY; a bipartisan group of seven city, town, and village leaders; the New York State Public Employees Federation; New York Progressive Action Network; Equality NY PAC; the Tompkins-Cortland and Southern Tier Building and Construction Trades Councils; NYS Council of Sheet Metal Workers; the New York State Laborers Union; UAW Local 2300; IBEW Local 241; National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund PAC; #VOTEPROCHOICE; New York State Young Democrats; and more.

Leslie Danks Burke is an attorney and a longtime advocate for education, healthcare, and rural economic development. She is the daughter of farmers and a mother who, together with her husband, is raising two children in this community. A Democrat, she previously ran for State Senate in the 58th in 2016, outraising incumbent Tom O’Mara by over $200,000 and receiving more voter support from outside her party than any other challenger to a sitting incumbent that year — on either side. Since 2016, Danks Burke has remained a powerful advocate for local community engagement and honest government.