Voting access in New York is in the “Dark Ages,” elected officials and citizen advocacy groups said yesterday in a unified call for major changes to the state’s election law, including allowing people to fill out ballots at home.
With Mayor Michael Bloomberg leading the charge, the officials said they also want the state to:
•Create an early voting period, which in other states lasts one to two weeks before Election Day.
•Extend the registration deadline from 25 days to 10 days before an election.
•Use simpler language on ballot instructions.
“Not doing them is an outrage,” said Bloomberg, whose office released a report ranking New York last for voter access policies.
Changing state law will require cooperation between Albany legislators and Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said the proposals are being reviewed.
The call for reforms comes as the city’s election was marred this year with vote-counting discrepancies and glitches with new electronic voting machines.