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Cuomo orders expanded access to voter registration forms

Jul 25, 2017 6:45 am

Matthew Hamilton is reporting in the Times Union Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Mon., Jul. 24, directing state agencies to make voter registration forms available to the public and to offer assistance in filling them out. The action is an effort to boost participation in elections. Voter turnout in New York generally is near the lowest in the nation. One organization put New York's turnout in the 2016 presidential election at 41st in the country. Cuomo's order requires agencies to mail or provide electronic voter registration forms to anyone whose contact information is on file. Previously, only the state Department of Motor Vehicles and certain social service agencies could do that. Cuomo also ordered SUNY and CUNY to review campus voter registration practices to ensure that steps are being taken to increase voter registration rates among young adults. Read the full story in the Times Union.