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Lawmakers, Advocates Rally for a Bill to Automatically Register Voters

Lawmakers and advocates on Thursday rallied at the Capitol for a bill that would automatically register people to vote in New York — a measure supporters say is needed to fully engage the public in the political process. The proposal would work like this: Anytime a potential voter interacts with state government through actions like submitting an application for driver's licenses or a fishing permit, they would be automatically registered to vote. They would have to affirmatively opt out of being registered. "It's an automatic transfer of information the government already has about you," said Susan Lerner, executive director, Common Cause.