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New York Senate pushes for more ballot access

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Friday, January 12, 2024   

Just a week into the legislative session, New York lawmakers are moving to uphold democracy and expand voting rights.

The state Senate passed a package of bills that would expand early voting, allow more absentee ballot drop-offs and portable voting locations, and join a multistate database to clarify voter rolls among other things.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said the measures will make voting more fair and accessible to New Yorkers and ease burdens on election workers.

"Now more than ever," she said. "Environments change all the time, and now it's very, very clear we need to create an atmosphere where voters can vote confidently and easily."

On the floor Monday, Senate Republicans pushed back during debate and questioned how the proposed changes would impact election and voter integrity.

Several similar bills were stuck in the Assembly last year, but Democrats continue to push them this year. Some Senate Republicans questioned the impact of the proposed measures.

State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, called the proposed changes a "political move" to boost Democratic votes in an election year.

"It's not New Yorkers who wake up and go, 'We're gonna harvest ballots today,' but there are organizations whose job it is to win elections," he said, "and they will use these rules to win elections, that is the point."

Ortt added he has never had a constituent call and complain that they wanted to vote in an election but were unable to do so.


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