Our state ranks 49th in voter participation. But this isn't because New Yorkers are lazy, instead, the process by which we register to vote and cast our ballots in New York has not kept up with the changing times in which we live.
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Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Our great state has the unfortunate distinction of ranking 49th in the most recent voter participation scores. This is not because New Yorkers are lazy. Rather, voter participation is low in this state, in part, because our process by which we register to vote and cast our ballots New York has not kept up with the changing times in which we live, nor the opportunities afforded by modern technology.There are a number of reforms that could improve New York's ranking - and we need your leadership on all of them. New York is one of just 17 states without early voting, and this would make it possible for many hard-working and busy New Yorkers to vote who cannot make it between 6:00am-9:00pm on a Tuesday. Automatic voter registration, which has just passed in California and Oregon, represent the future of voting in America. Encouraging our youth to vote will help them become lifelong voters, and enabling 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register will help achieve this loadable goal. Finally, in the 21st Century, electronic poll books are a must have.You helped many register to vote by bringing online voting through the DMV, but this should be a beginning to the change we need in New York. It's time we stopped giving New York a bad name, and bring our elections up to speed with the rest of the country.
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