Governor Cuomo yesterday (September 26) signed legislation that expedites party enrollment changes and makes it easier for all voters to participate in next year’s primary elections.
Before now, changes to party enrollment were required by an October 11 deadline and did not take effect until after the November general election.
Under those rules, some voters were required to wait as long as a year before their signified changes officially took effect.
Voters now have until February 14 to make any changes and still be eligible to vote in the April presidential and June congressional/state primaries. Any changes made afterwards will take effect seven days after the succeeding June primary.
“While the federal administration continues to look for new ways to disenfranchise voters across the country, in New York we are making monumental changes to break down more barriers to the ballot box and encourage more people to exercise this fundamental right,” Governor Cuomo said. “This measure will make it easier for New Yorkers to have their voices heard in presidential, congressional and state primaries, which builds upon the many reforms we’ve made to strengthen New York’s election system and increase voter access once and for all.”