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Cuomo signs Automatic Voter Registration Act into law

Dec 22, 2020 3:00 pm

The Empire Report is reporting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tue., Dec. 22, signed the New York Automatic Voter Registration Act into law. The legislation requires designated agencies to establish an automatic voter registration system as proposed by the governor in 2019 and 2020. The new system will expedite voter registration and create a straightforward process for residents applying for services at designated agencies to also register to vote. The law will facilitate increased voter turnout while reducing administrative barriers to processing voter registration applications. “From instituting early voting to making necessary reforms to the absentee ballot process, New York has already made elections more accessible, but we are far from finished. With this new law on the books, we are taking this work a step further and not only instituting automatic voter registration, but creating a single uniform platform for registering online,” Cuomo said in a press release. The new law designates various state agencies that interact directly with residents to work with the state Board of Elections to integrate agency and voter registration applications. This new, single application will serve as both an application for services and a voter registration application. Read the full press release at empirereportnewyork [dot] com.