February 11, 2019. New York is in many ways thought of as a progressive state, but in terms of the basic democratic function of voting we are far behind most of the country. In voter registration, for instance, New York ranks 46th out of 50 states in share of citizens over 18 years old who are registered to vote.
Automatic Voter Registration is a solution being currently considered that would leave far fewer people behind. As with any new proposal, it is worth examining the potential fiscal impacts. The Fiscal Policy Institute concludes in an analysis released today that the costs are minimal, the benefits could be large, and there would be offsetting long-term savings.
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