Voting should be straightforward, but New York makes it much too hard.
New Yorkers face arbitrary registration deadlines, faraway polls and long lines just to cast a ballot on a single day. One of the top reasons residents say they didn’t vote is because they couldn’t find the time. Our state’s user-unfriendly voting laws have consistently – and increasingly – caused dismal voter registration and turn-out rates across the state. In the last presidential election, New York had the eighth worst turn-out in the country.
Nothing should keep New Yorkers from exercising their fundamental right to vote. After all, voting is the right we exercise to protect all other rights.
TAKE ACTION: Tell lawmakers it’s time to modernize New York’s antiquated voting laws.
Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY), Governor
Carl E. Heastie, Speaker, New York State Assembly
Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D), New York State Senate