The New York legislature, now that Democrats have assumed control of both legislative chambers, just passed a sweeping election procedure package. The most significant change is the elimination of the two-tiered primary system. The Empire State is the only one in the Union that holds a federal primary and a separate nomination vote for state offices. Under this bill, the two would be unified as in all other states. Additionally, an early voting option would be added to the New York voting procedure for the first time.
Also included are major changes in voter registration rules that would allow for same day registration for people turning 18 years of age or moving residences. Those under 18 could pre-register, but not vote until reaching their 18th birthday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is expected to approve these election procedural changes.
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