ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill Friday, allowing people to vote with an absentee ballot through the end of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Democrats in the state Legislature recently passed the bill, but expanding absentee voting has not been overwhelmingly popular with New York voters.

Back in November, New Yorkers voted down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed permanent absentee voting without any excuses.