The state is giving voters two more days to change their party affiliations, Gov. Cuomo announced Sunday.
Gov. Cuomo made the change in a coronavirus-related executive order Sunday, which had been the 2021 deadline for changing political parties and new registrations.
“The right to vote is one of the sacred pillars of our democracy, and as we continue to fight the war on COVID, we can’t put democracy on hold,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Today we are extending the period for voters to change their party enrollment until Tuesday, February 16 to help break down more barriers to the ballot box and help ensure everyone has a chance to exercise this fundamental right.”
Cuomo said the two-day extension was necessary to process changes because many election boards are short-staffed due to the pandemic.
The move comes a month after one group bombarded local Republicans and independents with letters and texts urging them to register as Democrats to vote in the party’s mayoral primary.
An estimated 15,000 New Yorkers have recently enrolled or re-enrolled as Democrats to vote in the primary for mayor in June.
At least eight Democrats are vying to succeed Mayor de Blasio in November.