In a move aimed at increasing voter turnout, New York has changed its election laws to allow people to register to vote closer to election day.
Under the new rules, the deadline for voter registration has been moved from 25 days before an election to just 10 days before.
While this change is intended to make it easier for people to vote, it has also made the job of the Board of Elections more difficult, as there will be less time to process the new registrants.
Despite these efforts to improve voter registration and participation, turnout remains a challenge.
In addition to this change, another new law signed by Governor Kathy Hochul clarifies how candidates appear on the ballot.
Candidates will no longer be able to appear as “independent” or with an “I” next to their name.
This is intended to reduce confusion, as there was previously an officially constituted Independence Party in New York.
They failed to garner enough votes in 2020 and was officially disaffiliated in 2021.
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