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NY AG: Wants to Simplify Voter Registration And Absentee Ballot Requests

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 06:01 PM

The attorney general of New York wants to overhaul his state's voter registration system next year, an update that would include automatically registering people to vote when they interact with a state agency.

According to The Hill, Eric Schneiderman also wants to ease restrictions on obtaining absentee ballots and would like the Empire State to allow in-person voting two weeks before election day every year.

"The right to vote is the right that protects all other rights. New York must become a national leader by protecting and expanding voting rights throughout the state," Schneiderman said, reports The Hill.

New York and several other states require a valid excuse for those looking to obtain an absentee ballot, and some do not allow in-person early voting.

Schneiderman's push will also allow people to register for primary voting on the actual voting day, and voters already registered will be able to choose their party closer to primary day.

"Our outdated system makes it difficult for many to even get registered," said attorney Jennifer Clark of the Brennan Center for Justice's Democracy Program told The Hill.

"Automatic voter registration has the potential to add a million eligible New Yorkers to the rolls, and implementing it at agencies beyond the [Department of Motor Vehicles] would make our state a nationwide leader."

According to the FiveThirtyEight blog, voter turnout relative to the number of registered voters was lower in last month's presidential election than it was the last two elections.

A CNN story published last week, meanwhile, claimed that roughly 55 percent of people who were eligible to vote actually cast a ballot this year. That figure is the lowest since 1996 (53.5 percent), the network reported.

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