Cuomo signs law to streamline voter registration in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2020 on Tuesday

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 5:35 PM
Updated: Dec 22, 2020 6:03 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2020 on Tuesday, which requires agencies to establish systems to streamline and expedite voter registration.

"From instituting early voting to making necessary reforms to the absentee ballot process, New York has already made elections more accessible, but we are far from finished,” said Cuomo. “With this new law on the books, we are taking this work a step further and not only instituting automatic voter registration, but creating a single uniform platform for registering online."

The law requires the Department of Motor vehicles, and other state agencies, to provide New Yorkers a single application where they can apply for services and also register to vote if eligible.

The agencies will then send the applications to the State Board of Elections.

The DMV is slated to begin this process in 2023, and will be joined in 2024 by the Department of Health, Department of Labor and Office of Temporary Disability Assistance.

The State University of New York will begin offering registration on applications in 2025.

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