Nothing should keep New Yorkers from exercising their right to vote. Everyone deserves a say in our government and our democracy– no matter where we live, what language we speak, or how much money we have. Voting is the right we exercise to protect all other rights. Yet New York makes voting hard. Residents face red-tape and arbitrary deadlines just to register. If New Yorkers can take time away from work and family to vote, they may stand in long lines at the polls. They may find their names missing from paper poll books, causing them to cast affidavit ballots that might not get counted. Facing these challenges, New York has dismal voter registration and turnout.
This NYCLU Voting Reform document explains why Governor Cuomo and the leadership in Albany should pass and implement the four reforms outlined in 2018.