The Albany Central reports:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation making New York the 38th state to allow early voting. The bill, which the Democratic-led state Legislature passed last week, establishes a nine-day early voting period before election days. The early voting period would conclude on the Sunday before an election.
Democratic lawmakers attempted for years to adopt an early voting system, but the bill was blocked by Republicans when the GOP controlled the state Senate. With Democrats now in the Senate majority, the bill cleared that legislative hurdle.
“Early voting is going to be transformative for the system,” said Cuomo, who has, for years, included early voting in his annual legislative agenda.
.@NYGovCuomo signs legislation that allows eight days of early voting, consolidates federal and state primary dates, allows voter preregistration for teens, provides registration portability, closes the LLC loophole. https://t.co/3VDk0S5vVO
— State of New York (@NYGov) January 24, 2019
HAPPENING NOW- About to bring NY’s voting laws into the 21st century with:
✅ Early Voting
✅ Closing LLC loophole
✅ Pre-registration for 16 & 17-y/os
✅ Universal transfer of registration
✅ Synchronizing federal & state primarieshttps://t.co/1sipjdM3FS
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 24, 2019