Photo Credit: Darren McGee/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
Governor Kathy Hochul  signs legislation to tighten New York's gun laws and bolster restrictions on concealed carry weapons, July 1, 2022

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday that she has signed an election reform package that allows New Yorkers to vote early by mail.

The legislation also allows same-day voter registration on the first day of early voting.


“By safeguarding the integrity of our electoral process and ensuring equal access to the ballot box, we empower every New Yorker to have their voice heard,” Hochul said.

“New York State remains committed to strengthening our democratic process, championing the right to vote for every citizen and cementing our place as a national leader on voting rights.”

Legislation (S. 6195/A.1177) allows absentee ballots to be counted if they have been taped and show no signs of tampering.

Legislation (S. 5984-A/A. 6132-A) creates what the governor’s office called a “Golden Day” on the first day of the early voting period, when New Yorkers can register to vote and cast their ballots at their polling place all on the same day.

In addition, Legislation (S. 5965-A/A. 4009-A) requires local jails to provide voter registration information to individuals of voting age being released from a local correctional facility.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.