On Monday, January 14th, the New York State legislature passed a package of reforms that included:
- Early voting
- Same day voter registration
- No-excuse absentee voting
- Primary Consolidation
- Pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds
- State-wide voter registration transfer
- Closure of the LLC loophole
Since the 1960s, the state League has fought for comprehensive voting reforms. After nearly three decades of advocating, we are proud to say we’ve done it!
As the New York State League proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, it is a truly monumental achievement to finally see our hard work pay off. Our work is far from over. Now that these reforms have been passed, we will need to work harder than ever to see them cross the finish line.
As the session continues on, we will advocate for funding in the 2019 state budget to cover the cost of early voting. We will monitor forthcoming regulations guiding early voting, pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds, sate-wide voter registration transfer, and closure of the LLC loophole. We will continue to advocate for Constitutional Amendments to allow for same day voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting as these amendments must pass in two legislative sessions. Finally, we will fight for reforms that were not passed in this package including automatic voter registration, lowering the party change enrollment deadline, and restoration of voting rights for people on parole.