ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Newly reunited state Senate Democrats are calling on their Republican counterparts to support measures aimed at improving voter turnout in New York.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins and other Democrats said Tuesday it's embarrassing that New York ranked 41st among states in voter turnout for the 2016 general election.
Democrats are pushing a package of election law reforms that include early voting, allowing no-excuse absentee ballots and holding state and federal primaries on the same day.
The Democrat-controlled Assembly and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo support many of the measures.
Democrats now hold 31 Senate seats after a breakaway group of Democrats rejoined their mainline conference. Republicans also have 31 seats but hold a one-seat majority thanks to Simcha (SIHM'-kuh) Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the GOP.
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