NY Senate Democrats making another push on voting reforms

Newly reunited state Senate Democrats are calling on their Republican counterparts to support measures aimed at improving voter turnout in New York.

Posted: May 1, 2018 4:02 PM

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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