New York gave its citizens a gift for the holidays last week when Governor Cuomo signed into law automatic voter registration, making New York the 20th state to enact AVR.  The AVR law was passed in July by New York's Legislature, after being championed for years by my very good friend Michael Gianaris, the Deputy Majority Leader of the New York State Senate.  

Five years ago, not one state had enacted AVR.  As of today, 20 states plus the District of Columbia have done so.  AVR is one of the key reasons that we hit record voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election, which, at 67%, was the highest voter turnout rate in the United States since the election of 1900.  When you make voter registration automatic, you reduce barriers to voting.  The results speak for themselves.