New York State has expanded the time for voter registration within the state after legislation was signed by Governor Hochul last week. The new deadline will now go from 25 days prior to election day to now 10 days.
“Too often, there are unnecessary obstacles for voters to pass through just to participate in the democratic process,” Governor Hochul said. “By removing these hurdles, more New Yorkers can bring their representation to the ballot box. By shortening this time period, more New Yorkers can be flexible with their voter registration and exercise their right to vote.”
Reasoning for the expanded time is to increase access to the ballot by giving voters additional time to register and vote ahead of an election. The legislation will allow voters to cast a ballot in an election even if their registration forms are received by the board of elections by the 10th day ahead of the election.