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Senate Dems introduce bills to expand voting rights

Last Updated by Matt Ryan on

Citing the state's "broken democracy," Senate Democrats introduced legislation today that will protect and expand voting rights for New Yorkers.

Bills include an early voting system, a consolidation of the Federal and State Primaries and a change of party enrollment reform among others.

The Democrats, in the minority now since 2011, have introduced such reforms in the past but they have been unable to pass the majority coalition between the Republicans and Independent Democratic Conference. 

Other bills highlighted include the "Voter Friendly Ballot Act" that would change the layout to make it easier to understand and the "Expansion of Affadavit Voting" that would allow the casting of ballots by individuals, otherwise eligible, when the voter appears at the wrong site but within the correct county.

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