New Yorkers Want:
Early voting would allow registered New Yorkers to vote in person in the days leading up to Election Day. The state legislature would determine the number of early voting days.
Provides more flexibility and creates more opportunities for people to participate and vote.
Isn’t a Democrat or Republican idea: 37 states have it, why not NY?
- Would alleviate pressure on poll sites and workers, save time on Election Day, and reduce errors, all without increasing costs.
Automatic voter registration
Automatic Voter Registration would automatically register eligible New Yorkers to vote when they interact with designated state government agencies like the DMV, unless they choose to opt out. Information would be electronically transferred to the Board of Elections, making registration more convenient and accurate, and reduce the potential for voter fraud.
Automatic voter registration:
Facilitates easy voter registration and would increase New York’s rolls by about 2 million new voters.
Increases efficiency and accuracy of voter rolls by electronically transmitting voter information to the local Board of Elections.
Will save New York taxpayer money by avoiding an influx of new voter registrations right before deadlines, which require manual input.
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.
ELECTRONIC POLL BOOKS
Electronic poll books are digital voter rolls used to process voters at polls instead of paper-based lists. They would allow for easier, faster and error-free sharing of voter data, and would speed polling place administration.
Electronic poll books would:
- Facilitate and reduce error in the voting process, improving election day check-in and cutting down on long lines.
- Eliminate printing and shipping costs, a big savings to New York taxpayers.
- Allow for quick updating of voter rolls, reducing the rush to update before the printing and delivery deadline, which results in better managed, more accurate lists.
RestorING Parolee Voting Rights
New Yorkers on parole are currently denied the right to vote, despite raising families and paying taxes. Once their parole is completed, their voting rights may be restored, but they must re-register with the Board of Elections.
16 states and D.C. restore voting after term of incarceration.
Over 44,000 citizens on parole, 3/4 of whom are black or Latinx, are prevented from casting a ballot in all NY elections.