In Newsday, Citizens Union Executive Director Betsy Gotbaum writes: “Some New Yorkers know that Oct. 12 is the deadline to register to vote in November’s elections. But what most people probably don’t realize is that it is also the deadline to change your party registration if you want to vote in a party primary next year.
If that sounds absurd, it is. For all its progressive values, New York State has some of the most backward voting laws in the nation. That must change.
Every single other state in the country provides a deadline to switch party registration that is significantly closer to primary elections.”