Rep. Steve Israel proposes weekend Election Days
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WOODBURY - A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to move Election Day to a weekend in an effort to increase voter turnout.
Rep. Steve Israel says the numbers show voter turnout has been historically low in off-election years. He says that even in 2012 during a presidential election, only 53 percent of registered voters here in New York casted ballots.
The bill would move Election Day from the first Tuesday to the weekend after the first Friday in November. The polls would be open from 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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A national survey in 2010 showed that the No. 1 reason why people didn't vote is because the election was on a weekday.
New York ranks 44th among the 50 states when it comes to voter participation.