In this space last July, we commended an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to expand voter registration opportunities in New York. The executive order directed every state agency to make voter registration forms available and offer assistance in filling them out. The order also established a new voter registration task force.
“It is our responsibility to make it as easy as possible for people to vote because that’s what democracy looks like,” Mr. Cuomo said at the time.
Voter advocates quickly pushed back, arguing that Mr. Cuomo’s move was merely window dressing and ignored a larger problem.
Jacques David, an attorney for The Legal Aid Society and member of the Brooklyn Voters Alliance, pointed out in a letter to The Suffolk Times last summer that New York ranks 41st out of 50 states in voter participation. New York is also not among the 37 states that offer early voting — and therein, according to Mr. David, lies a key problem.
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