Nixon calls for early voting, relaxed registration deadlines

Cynthia Nixon says if she is elected governor she will work to change voting rules. (File WHAM photo)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Cynthia Nixon is blasting New York state's antiquated voting rules and says that if elected governor she will push to change them.

The "Sex and the City" star and political activist announced Wednesday proposals to authorize advance voting, make voting registration easier and loosen the restrictive deadlines for party affiliation changes.

New York is one of only 13 states without advance voting, and enrollment deadlines mean voters have to decide many months in advance if they want to participate in a primary election.

Nixon faulted her primary opponent, two-term Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for not overhauling the state's voting system. Cuomo supports many of the same proposals as Nixon. So far they've been blocked in the Legislature.

A Cuomo campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to questions about Nixon's proposals.


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