Saturday, December 18, 2010

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Tries to Increase Voter Turnout

Trying to conquer a problem that faces so many jurisdictions, NYC Mayor Bloomberg has called for reforms to NYC's election laws.

Bloomberg wants to relax voting restrictions and requirements in order to get more people to the ballot box. Bloomberg proposes earlier voting, later voter registration, and easier absentee voting.

The problem is that the changes must be approved by the state legislature. The members of the legislature were all successfully elected under the old regime, and may be reticent to change the laws that helped them get their jobs. Incumbency protection is often a lurking problem.

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