Civil group seeking more time for voters to register in New York

Civil liberties groups are asking a state court to block New York election officials from enforcing a requirement that voters register 25 days before an election.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 12:28 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 12:32 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Civil liberties groups are asking a state court to block New York election officials from enforcing a requirement that voters register 25 days before an election.

Representatives of the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that they have filed a request for a preliminary injunction in their ongoing lawsuit first filed in November 2018 against the New York state Board of Elections.

The group argues that the 25-day cut-off left about 93,000 New Yorkers unable to vote in the 2016 presidential election because they registered after the deadline.

The Democratic-led Legislature and voting rights groups are pushing to make it easier for New Yorkers to vote in November. 

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