Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NY Voter Turnout Bills Pass Assembly

New York consistently ranks among the Worst States in the Nation in Voter Participation.

On June 4th, a Package of Voting Reform Bills passed through the Senate Elections Committee, including:

S3304A Voter Empowerment Act of NY - Sponsored: Michael Gianaris (D-12th District) - Streamlines Registration by Enacting:

1) Automatic Registration for Eligible consenting New Yorkers who interact with Government Agencies

2) Portability, so Registration transfers across Counties when Voters Moves

3) Pre-Registration of 16- and 17-year-olds in High School

4) Later Deadlines, Registration until New York State Constitutional Minimum of Ten days and Party Enrollment Changes until 25 days before an Election

5) Online Registration

6) Safeguards for Voters' Personal Information

7) Improved Affidavit Ballots to Protect Voting Rights

8) Requirement that Schools/Colleges provide Registration

S7400A Early Voting - Sponsored: Brian Kavanagh (D-26th District) - Provides busy New Yorkers with an opportunity to Vote Early during Seven days before any Election. Counties must provide at least One Early site per Fifty Thousand Voters.

These essential Voting Rights Reforms will help enable every New Yorker to Exercise their Basic Rights without Unnecessary Barriers.

These Reforms are Expected to Pass in the Senate, but that can happen only if Senator John J Flanagan (R-2nd District) brings them to the Floor for a Vote.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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