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Sean McElwee

is a policy analyst and writer based in New York City.

New York State


The right way to do automatic voter registration

A ‘back-end’ model to automatic voter registration will have a much greater effect.


Automatic voter registration would ease NY's problems at the polls

If New York wants to be a progressive model for the country, its voting laws should reflect that reality. That’s why it’s time to pass automatic voter registration.

Campaigns & Elections


Want more minorities to vote? Make it easier to register.

If Cuomo does force the issue in the state budget this year, it is important that he and other voting rights supporters recognize that the single most effective mechanism for increasing turnout and making the electorate more diverse and representative is easing registration.