Fast Facts

  • “A U.S. Elections Project analysis showed New York to have among the five worst turnout rates in the nation among eligible voters.” –
  • “Any law that makes it easier to vote is a good law; any law that makes it harder to vote is a bad law,” said Schneiderman, in a statement Wednesday. “New York has long been a bastion of democracy, but our state’s current system of registration and voting is an affront to that legacy.” – Gotham Gazette, quoting Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, February 9, 2017.
  • “With outdated voting systems causing problems and confusion at the polls, automatic registration offers a new way out of the voting wars, and a much-needed reprieve from the partisan bickering plaguing our political debate.” –Adam Gitlin, Moyers & Company.
  • Oregon, which has only recently implemented automatic voter registration, is having great success with it. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the registration rate at the DMV in 2016  is 3.7 times higher than it was in 2012, and 3.9 times higher than in 2014.
  • Eight states have portable registration that allows people to vote even if they didn’t update their registrations before election day, and eleven states passed laws permitting Election Day Registration, which allows voters to update their registration at the polls.
  • New York should also join sixteen other states and the District of Columbia to enable students to pre-register when they turn sixteen or seventeen.