December 28, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of the state's legislative leaders is proposing to change New York laws to institute early voting and also require disclosure of independent political spending that's currently shielded from public view.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, has submitted the two bills for 2013, noting New York voter participation was only an estimated 46 percent in November, higher than the turnout in only two other states. He also says it's important for voters to know who's behind campaign messages in order to evaluate them.
The Cuomo administration and Senate Republican Conference did not immediately comment on the proposals Thursday.
The legislation would let voters cast ballots at designated locations starting 14 days before a general election and seven days before a primary or special election.
Associatee Press 2012