ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York is one of the last remaining states in the nation that doesn’t allow early voting.
Groups that want to change that are now calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include money in his state budget proposal to allow for the change, which they say could cost local election agencies about $7 million. Groups urging the governor to set aside the money include Citizen Action, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters.
Cuomo has proposed a requirement that all local election boards open at least one polling place for the 12 days before an election. Supporters of early voting say it encourages voting by making it convenient.
Cuomo will release his budget proposal on Tuesday.