- create a voter pre-registration process for 16- and 17-year olds,
- require the state Board of Elections to transfer a voter’s registration to wherever the voter moves within New York State,
- restrict campaign contributions from LLCs to $5,000 and require ownership of the LLC to be disclosed in campaign finance reports,
- combine the federal non-presidential primary and state primary elections to a single date in June, and
- establish a nine-day early-voting period, including two weekends, before general, primary, and special elections.
The legislative package comes after Democrats gained trifecta control of the state government at the 2018 general election. Except for a period of Democratic control in 2009 and 2010, New York had a divided government since 1975. Before the election on November 6, 2018, Democrats controlled the state Assembly, but not the state Senate due to a coalition between Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference. In 2018, Democrats won 40 seats in the 63-seat Senate.