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Gov. Hochul signs voting rights act into law

On Monday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York” into law.
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Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 6:28 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- On Monday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York” into law.

“Across the country, we’re seeing stricter voter ID laws, shorter early-voter periods, more burdens when you’re trying to vote by mail, and we’re seeing people purged from voter rolls,” said Gov. Hochul.

The NAACP said the law will allow millions of New Yorkers to vote, and sets a new standard for empowering black and brown voters by making sure New York’s election laws improve the voting process and protect voters.

To do this, the law establishes a voting and elections database, makes electronic interference a misdemeanor crime, and prohibits deceptive and suppressive voter practices by establishing rights of actions for denying the right of any member of a protected class to vote, help to provide assistance with language barriers, minority groups, and requires certain political subdivisions to receive pre-clearance for potential violations of voting rights legislation.

Gov. Hochul said this change provides a model of pro-voting rights legislation across the country.

“We’re demonstrating to the rest of the nation what they can be doing in state capitals when Washington refuses to act, the state legislatures, the state leaders; They have the power to stand up.”

Hochul said the signing comes just in time for Juneteenth.

The law is named after Civil Rights Activist and U.S. Representative John R. Lewis.

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