The state’s Attorney General and Assembly Speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman teamed up to press for New York to join 32 other states and allow early voting.
Speaker Silver says the state has a dismal record for voter participation, ranking near the lowest in the nation, and that an extended period of time to vote could help fix that. They propose a fifteen day period for voters to cast ballots before a general election, and eight days for primaries.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he’s not in favor of early voting because people would not be able to change their vote if something happened to change their minds. Governor Cuomo has said that he supports early voting, but has not released a specific proposal.
The polls would be open form 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 9 to 5 on weekends.