Assembly Speaker Proposes Early Voting in N.Y.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced two bill’s Thursday for the upcoming legislative session, one would institute early voting in New York, the other would require disclosure of independent political spending that’s currently shielded from public view.
Silver, says he’s trying improve New York’s voter participation. In November its estimated 46 percent of eligible voters turned out to the polls, only two other states had lower voter turnout.
The legislation would let voters cast ballots at designated locations starting 14 days before a general election and seven days before a primary or special election.
Under the legislation, the Boards of Elections for each county and New York City would have to designate at least five polling places for early voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the advance periods, including Saturdays and Sundays, which would be counted at the close of the polls on Election Day and included in that night’s tallies.
The second bill would let voters know who’s behind campaign messages, who’s targeting them and what their agendas are.
The legislation would apply to “express advocacy” the same fundraising and spending disclosures now required of candidates and their campaign committees.
The Cuomo Administration and Senate Republican Conference did not immediately comment on the proposals Thursday.