FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION
Flexibility to change your party affiliation is necessary to give registered New York voters time to make an informed decision about who they want to vote for.
New York’s party enrollment registration deadlines are by far the most restrictive in the country, which prevented 3 million New Yorkers from participating in the 2016 presidential primary. For the April 2016 primary, the deadline was October 9, 2015—more than 6 months before.
- Shorter party enrollment registration deadlines would allow New Yorkers to evaluate candidates and choose party affiliation closer to the primary election date.