Dear Fellow New Yorker,
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. We should be making it easier for people to vote, not putting up barriers. Unfortunately, New York remains one of the few states that does not offer early voting, and even requires an excuse to request an absentee ballot.
It’s time to change that. I am advancing legislation to fund voting reforms, including the opportunity to vote early in every county across the state, but I need your help to make it happen.
This legislation will allow New Yorkers to vote in-person 12 days leading up to Election Day, including at least five hours on weekends. It’s part of my Democracy Agenda — a bold set of reforms to modernize New York’s antiquated voting system and ensure our elections remain free and transparent.
No one should have to choose between exercising their sacred right to vote and going to work, school, or a personal commitment. It’s time to join the 37 other states that already have early voting and make sure more voices are heard in our democratic process.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo