News Coverage on Youth Voter Registration
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo urging teens to voteGlenn Blain
ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo offered election reforms Tuesday that include urging teens as young as 16 to “preregister” to vote.
The governor’s measures, which would have to be approved by the Legislature, also include reducing the number of signatures required for a candidate to get on the ballot and extending voter registration deadlines so people can register as few as 10 days before an election as opposed to current law, which bars registration within 25 days of an election.
“For too many years, New York State has . . . been in the Dark Ages when it comes to our process for electing candidates to public office,” Cuomo said in statement.
The preregistration proposal would allow teens to sign up to vote at their school or local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Once they turn 18, their information would be verified and they would be automatically registered to vote.
Cuomo also called for the state to redesign ballots so they are easier to read.
The proposals come two weeks after Cuomo proposed creating a new enforcement unit at the Board of Elections to go after corrupt pols. They also came the same day the Assembly approved a bill to let voters cast ballots nearly three weeks before an election.