1 OUT OF EVERY 5 NEW YORK VOTERS IS UNAFFILIATED WITH ANY POLITICAL PARTY.
THEY ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED BY NEW YORK’S INCREDIBLY RESTRICTIVE DEADLINE FOR PARTY ENROLLMENT.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THAT.
Why is this a Let NY Vote priority? The current deadline for New Yorkers to change party affiliation, or for unaffiliated voters to enroll in a party, is nine months before the primary — one of the most restrictive deadlines in the country — potentially locking out hundreds of thousands of voters during the primaries.
What’s our legislative solution? We recommend aligning the party enrollment cut-off date with the deadline to register to vote before an election to reduce confusion and streamline the process. Currently, that would mean 25 days before the election.
Why is this a priority in 2019? The party enrollment deadline must be shortened, so people can make an informed decision when voting. Our restrictive deadline combined with a closed primary system disenfranchises countless voters each year.
What’s the current status? It’s possible for a party enrollment deadline bill to pass on its own, or as part of an Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) bill, since AVR will have implications on party enrollment.
Undemocratic Party Enrollment Law Disenfranchises Millions of New Yorkers.
If unaffiliated voters were their own party, they would be the third largest party in the state.
Approximately 2.7 million of NY’s registered voters are not eligible to vote in major party primaries, where the vast majority of New York’s elections are decided.
EMAIL YOUR REPS
It only takes only a minute to make your voice heard — our web tool connects you to your State Senator & Assembly Member and has our current priorities included in the draft.
CALL YOUR REPS
OR WRITE A POSTCARD
letter to the editor
meet with your reps in May
Sign up to meet with your representatives and we’ll send information for a successful — including our lobby guide, your rep’s contact info and schedules, printable documents, our current targeted asks of your specific rep, and other support.
After your meeting, make sure to report back, it’s the key step to help us strategize & win.