August 10, 2018 Press Release

Cynthia Slams Cuomo’s Failure to Stand Up for Voting Rights in New York

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signedan automatic voter registration bill into law that would add hundreds of thousands of residents to the state’s voter rolls. Not so coincidentally, this is a policy that Andrew Cuomo has failed to pursue.

In July, Cynthia unveiled her plan to empower voters by ending New York’s system of voter suppression. Cynthia also released an accompanying video on her plan and Governor Cuomo’s failure to reform New York State voting laws. Cynthia Nixon released the following statement in response.

“While Governor Cuomo likes to consider himself a ‘progressive,’ the facts simply don’t add up when it comes to voting reform,” said Cynthia. “When a Republican Governor is able to pass automatic voter registration before him, it tells us that Andrew Cuomo is either incompetent or unwilling to empower the disenfranchised voices of hundreds of thousands of voters. New York needs a Governor who is committed to ending voter suppression, and Governor Cuomo has not been up to the task.”

During the highly contested 2016 general election, New York’s voter participation came in 41st in the country with a 57.3% voter turnout. In the 2016 Democratic primaries, New York came in second to last in participation with only Louisiana beating us. Cynthia’s plan would make it easier to vote, not harder — by introducing simple, critical measures that are being enacted in many states across the country including early voting, automatic voter registration, and changing the draconian deadlines on party registration. The full plan is available HERE.