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Letter: Restrictive law kept me from voting April 19

Voters wait in line to cast their ballot

Voters wait in line to cast their ballot in Arizona's presidential primary election, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz. Credit: AP / Matt York

Unduly restrictive law kept me from voting in April 19 primary

I have been a registered voter in New York State since 1975, though I never registered with a political party [“Fix voter laws to ensure rights,” Editorial, April 21].

I wanted to register with a party and vote in the primary on April 19. I was shocked to discover that to do so I had to have declared a party affiliation by Oct. 9 of last year. This reflects some of the most restrictive voter registration laws in the country!

New York election law provides that the deadline for voters to apply for a change in party enrollment is 25 days before a year’s general election. I wrote to my state assemblyman and senator, but haven’t received responses.

I’m a politically astute voter who was unaware of this disenfranchisement. The law needs to be changed to stop ridiculous barriers to block citizen participation in public affairs.

Ken Norian