Why did New York State voters reject no excuse mail-in voting in Amendment 4?
The 2021 elections were not the best news for Democrats. There was one thing in particular that stands out to me: the fact that voters in New York state rejected mail-in voting.
According to the elections website, the rejection seems to have come from upstate counties which voted against it stronger than they usually vote Republican for president. New York City accepted it, but had far higher rates of leaving the proposal blank. Details on Amendment 4:
The proposed amendment would delete from the current provision on absentee ballots the requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
The proposals 1 and 3 being rejected is not really that surprising, but amendment 4 is more surprising at least to me. What was the logic behind trying to reject mail-in voting, especially in a state that is not considered a swing state?