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Cuomo needs to consider early voting to improve voter turnout

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Thank you to state Senators Michael Gianaris, Joseph Addabbo, and Leroy Comrie for their efforts to improve voter turnout by making it easier for New Yorkers to register to vote.

These reforms are critical, but they alone will not solve New York’s staggeringly low voter turnout rate, which is 41st in the country.

The key to unlocking higher voting participation lies with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Gov. Cuomo must include early voting — the ability for New Yorkers to cast ballots for 12 days leading up to Election Day — in his budget.

When I lived in North Carolina, early voting was the difference between many of my neighbors voting and not voting. People who work unpredictable jobs or long hours; have trouble physically getting around; or care for children or elderly parents all depended on the flexibility of early voting in order to vote.

The $6.4-million price tag for early voting in New York is an investment in equity, fairness, and equal representation — in addition to being a drop in the bucket compared with our state’s $168-billion budget. No one should be at risk of missing the opportunity to cast a ballot based on his or her job, physical abilities, or family situation.

Gov. Cuomo: money talks. Show your constituents that you value us, and our voices, by investing in early voting!

Magdalen Sangiolo

Brooklyn

Posted 12:00 am, February 17, 2018
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wrong approach from Queens says:
This is just silly. Election day is just that, election day, not election week or election month. If people believe that there vote is important, they will vote. When candidates run unopposed of course people do not show up. We need to make sure we have an opponent for every position by encouraging people to run. The polls are open from 6am to 9pm, this is plenty of time for most people. Maybe keep them open until 10 but otherwise the situation is fine as far as hours.
Feb. 18, 12:44 pm
Tim from Astoria says:
Hi wrong approach,

You are silly. Early voting is not.

Best,
Tim
Feb. 19, 10:49 am
THINK from Queens says:
Wrong Approach for Queens, you are WRONG. There is nothing wrong with early voting, that considering voting is the backbone to our democracy. But some people for various reasons cannot always get out that day to vote, regardless if polls are open from 6am to 9pm, so what is the problem with having early voting. I mean the Christmas holiday starts anymore after Halloween and goes for months, so I think having early voting is not an issue. Though you are completely right about way too many elected officials in NYC run unopposed, way too many. AND this is the problem with the system of how one has to jump through hoops to get on the ballot. It should be just, you want to run, fill out an application and put that person on the ballot. Enough with getting enough signatures so then the incumbent can get you tossed due to the amount of signatures or the authenticity of said signatures. If someone is willing to run for office, fill out a form and put them on the ballot. THAT IS THE REAL PROBLEM WITH THE VOTING PROCESS at least here in NYC.
Feb. 19, 4:09 pm

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