New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to modernize the state’s voting laws.
According to the governor’s office, the new laws will allow for eight days of early voting before an election, synchronize federal and state primary elections, allow voter preregistration for teenagers, provide voter registration portability within the state, and close the LLC loophole.
Two resolutions fo Constitutional Amendments have also passed including no-excuse absentee voting by mail and same-day voting registration. Currently, the New York Constitution restricts absentee ballots to individuals who provide a qualifying reason and prohibits voters from registering to vote less than 10 days before an election.
Gov. Cuomo is pushing for additional changes to the states voting laws, including:
- Voting before noon
- Make election day a holiday
- Automatic voter registration
- Online registration
- Ban corporate contributions