After Ballot Measure Bust, State Lawmakers Make New Push For Voting Rights
New York state legislators are scrambling to extend temporary voting rights policies set to expire in 2022, after an attempt to make these measures permanent through ballot questions failed last November. Some Democrats blame a well-funded Republican campaign for the voters’ decision not to change the state’s constitution to allow for same-day voter registration and expanded mail-in ballot access. Now, New York Democrats are trying to pass a law that would push the deadline for voter registration back from 25 days before an election to just ten days before (which is the minimum number of days currently required by the state constitution). Democratic lawmakers also hope to extend expanded mail-in ballot access through February 1st, 2024. Nearly 40% of voters made use of mail-in ballots in New York State’s June 2020 primaries, compared to 4% of voters in earlier elections.