ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new package of bills in Albany supported by good-government advocates would allow New Yorkers to register to vote over the Internet, computerize registration and encourage teenagers to register even before they are eligible to vote.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (jee-uh-NAIR'-uhs) of Queens and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan will announce the Voter Empowerment Act of New York on Thursday. The Democrats' bill is supported by reform advocate Bill Samuels of the New Roosevelt Initiative as well as the Brennan Center for Justice.
The bill aims to end New York's decline in voter turnout. Gianaris notes only 36% of voting-age New Yorkers voted in the 2010 elections.
The measure is aimed at computerizing what the senator calls an antiquated system.
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