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Bernie Sanders campaign urges Cuomo to sign off on later registration deadline to vote in Dem presidential primary

2019-09-19

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign is urging Gov. Cuomo to sign a law that would give New Yorkers more time to register to vote in the Democratic presidential primary.

“There is no excuse for letting this legislation languish,” Sanders’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir wrote in a Thursday letter to Jim Roosevelt and Lorraine Miller, co-chairs of the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee. Shakir called for the guv to sign the bill “expeditiously.”

Under the status quo, voters would have until Oct. 11 to register as Dems to participate in the primary scheduled for April 28.

A state law passed in June would push the deadline to register to Feb. 14 — in keeping with directions from the national Democratic Party, which previously called out New York and other states for their confusing deadlines on voter and party registration.

"The current deadline to change isn’t until Oct. 11 and the bill hasn’t been sent to us yet, but we fully intend to sign it as this was something that we and the legislature all agree on,” said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi.

“In 2016, countless voters across the state of New York were disenfranchised by the state’s arcane and inexcusable early party affiliation deadline — countless voters whose first attempt to engage with the Democratic Party saw them turned away,” wrote Shakir, whose boss has drawn support from liberals who aren’t registered Dems.

“New York has been perhaps the worst offender” among states with different party and voter registration deadlines, Shakir stated.

The local Chelsea Reform Democratic Club echoed the comments in a letter of its own to the governor.

“New York State has the most restrictive laws in the nation when it comes to voters changing their party registration in advance of a primary election,” wrote club veep Brian Mangan.

“We respectfully request that you express your support for this legislation and sign it into law as soon as it is delivered to you.”