New York has no early voting (unlike 37 states
), no Election Day registration
(the state constitution requires voters to register no later than 10 days before an election) and excuse-only absentee balloting (voters have to prove they’ll be out of town or have a disability.)
The voter registration deadline for the April 19 primary closed 25 days beforehand, when no candidate had even campaigned in New York, and independent or unaffiliated voters had to change their party registrations by October 9, 193 days before April 19, to vote in the closed Democratic or Republican primaries. This will disenfranchise nearly 30 percent of New Yorkers, including, most famously, the Trump children, who didn’t change their registrations from Independent to Republican in time.
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