NY governor signs early voting bill into law
Actor Ben Stiller talks during a bill signing ceremony, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law to allow for early voting. The bill will allow New Yorkers to cast a ballot before Election Day in a bid to improve its low voter turnout rates. Stiller had lobbied for the new law. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
January 24, 2019 - 9:18 AM
New York state will soon join most other states in allowing voters to cast a ballot before election day.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law on Thursday that authorizes in-person early voting up to 10 days before an election. He was joined at a Manhattan bill signing ceremony by actor and producer Ben Stiller.
Stiller was a vocal supporter of the changes, which had been blocked for years by Republicans in the state Senate. The bills all passed earlier this month, following a Democratic takeover of the Senate in last year's elections.
Cuomo also signed into law bills that will consolidate multiple primary elections and make other updates to decades-old voting rules.
He says the changes should boost New York's voter turnout, which typically lags other states.
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