Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that 3,474 New Yorkers — including 1,028 first-time voters — have used the Department of Motor Vehicle’s new online voter registration service.
The initiative, announced August 16, allows eligible voters with driver’s licenses or non-driver IDs to apply to register to vote, or update their address or party enrollment, through the DMV website.
“This new initiative is breaking down barriers that have for decades kept New Yorkers from having a voice in their government,” Cuomo said in a statement.
New York is ranked 47th in the nation in voter registration, with fewer than 64 percent of eligible residents registered to vote.
The new system, which will also include digitized voter registration at electronic VeriFone terminals at New York’s 129 DMV locations, replaced the vast majority of paper forms and is designed to help centralize the digital transmission of voter registration applications. The measure is expected to save more than $270,000 a year.
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