Elections Reform

Elections Reform

DemocracyNYC continues to advance crucial election reforms with an emphasis on voter rights and access at both the City and State level. See below for some NY State election reform highlights from recent years:

Pre-registration for 16 & 17 Year Olds

  • 16 & 17-year olds can now pre-register to vote!
    • When they turn 18, they will automatically be added to the voting rolls and will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
  • In order to pre-register, individuals must be at least 16 years old.
  • 16, 17, and 18-year olds can utilize the same registration form when registering or pre-registering to vote.

Early Voting for Every Election

  • New Yorkers are now able to vote early before every election!
  • Every election will now have 9 consecutive days of early voting, starting 10 days before Election Day.
    • This includes two weekends, early mornings, and evening hours!

Voter Friendly Ballots

  • The Voter Friendly Ballot Act, passed in 2019, ensures ballot readability for voters across the state.
  • These changes reduce visual clutter, increase font size, and emphasize the most important parts of the ballot like candidate names and party affiliation.

Automatic Voter Registration

  • Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) will help register eligible New Yorkers to vote when they interact with a government agency (i.e., the DMV, Department of Health), unless they opt out.

Online Voter Registration

  • Starting soon, New Yorkers will be able to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website.

While New York has made history in recent years, DemocracyNYC continues to advocate for passage of election reforms that will expand voting access for all New York voters. See below for some key priorities:

Reform of Election Administration

DemocracyNYC continues to advance legislation that seeks to professionalize the NYC Board of Elections with an emphasis on transparency, accountability as well as uniformity between New York City's five counties.

Voting Rights Restoration

As of May 2021, all New Yorkers who are not in prison for a felony conviction are eligible to vote due to the signing of rights restoration by the Governor. This includes all New Yorkers on parole or probation. New Yorkers being released into parole automatically have their voting rights restored. We applaud this legislative change as one of DemocracyNYC's key legislative priorities

No Excuse Absentee Voting

DemocracyNYC supports no excuse absentee voting, that will allow any voter who wishes to vote by mail to do so.

Same Day Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote in New York is currently 25 days before an election. DemocracyNYC supports efforts to establish same day voter registration, which will encourage voter turnout and allow those not currently registered to register and vote on Election Day.