Let NY Vote
made history in 2019

 

We made voting easier for New York voters by changing our antiquated laws:


early voting

  • Before: 37 states had early voting, New York did not.

  • What we won: Starting in November 2019, New York will have nine days of early voting before every election, including the two weekends prior to the election, ending the Sunday before.

  • Why it matters: Eases the pressure on polling sites during election day, gives New Yorkers more time to vote, and makes access to voting more equitable.


ConsolidatED Primaries

  • Before: New York was the only state that had two separate days for the state and federal primaries.

  • What we won: Starting right now, there will be one primary date for each election cycle instead of two.

  • Why it matters: Cuts costs and makes voting in the primaries less confusing and easier for voters to fit into their schedule.


Pre-Registration of 16 & 17 Year Olds

  • Before: 16 and 17 year-olds had to wait until they turned 18 to register to vote.

  • What we won: Starting January 1, 2020, New York will allow teens 16 years or older to preregister to vote, and the Board of Elections will automatically register those individuals once they turn 18.

  • Why it matters: Encourages voting and makes it easier for young adults to get involved and vote. People who get involved in voting younger are more likely to become lifelong voters.


Registration Portability

  • Before: When New Yorkers moved to a different county they had to re-register in order to vote at their new address.

  • What we won: Starting March 25th, 2019, the Board of Elections will automatically update the registration of voters who move within New York State and fill out a change of address with USPS.

  • Why it matters: Allows New Yorkers who move to vote at their new address without having to re-register.


Same Day Registration

  • Today: The deadline to register to vote is 10 days before the election.

  • What we won: A first step toward a constitutional amendment removing the ten-day requirement for voter registration.

  • Why it matters: Will encourage voter turnout and allows more New Yorkers to participate in governmental decisions.

  • What’s next: Constitutional amendments in New York need to pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions and then go to the voters as a referendum.


No Excuse ABSENTEE VOTING
(“Vote by Mail”)

  • Today: New Yorkers must meet stringent requirements in order to vote absentee.

  • What we won: A first step toward a constitutional amendment to remove the current absentee voting laws, which require a voter to sign under penalty of perjury that they will be out of the county on Election Day, or meet other limited requirements.

  • Why it matters: Anyone who wants to vote by mail can.

  • What’s next: Constitutional amendments in New York need to pass the legislature in two consecutive sessions and then go to the voters as a referendum.