Simotas Continues Work to Bring Early Voting to New

Assembly passes legislation to increase voter turnout, ease voting problems
April 30, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. – Continuing her work to promote voters’ rights after last fall’s elections, legislation co-sponsored by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas has passed the New York State Assembly to permit early voting in all general, primary and special elections in the State.

“Maximizing the level of participation in the electoral process is fundamental to our American democracy,” Simotas said. “Long lines, closed polling locations, and confusion can effectively be alleviated with the legislation the Assembly passed today.”

Under the bill, early voting would give voters a two-week time frame to cast their ballots in a general election, and a one-week time frame in the case of a primary or special election. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. If made law, New York would join 32 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting an alternative to in-person voting on Election Day.

“Early voting will mean fewer people waiting in long lines on Election Day and allow people with disabilities, seniors, and those with non-traditional work schedules easier access to voting. This legislation goes a long way toward improving the voting experience for our community,” explained Simotas.