More than 19 million people will see their voting rights expanded because voters flipped New York’s State Senate in 2018, giving Democrats control for the first time in eight years.
With Democrats in charge of the New York House, Senate, and governor’s office, the state transformed its election system from one of the worst to one of the best in the country in a matter of months. Now New Yorkers can vote early instead of only on Election Day, they can vote for both state and federal primaries on the same day, their voter address is auto-updated when they move within New York, and 16 and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote.
“We tell the people of our state that they should participate in our democracy, and yet, we only give them one day to exercise that right,” New York Senator Zellnor Myrie recently stated.
New Yorkers are also on their way to being able to vote by mail without needing an excuse and being able to register to vote on Election Day.
New York went from ranking 41st in the country for voter turnout to becoming one of the most accessible state for voting in 2019 — and with these changes it will become even more user-friendly.