State Senate Democrats continue push for voting reform

The State Senate is starting the new session with a push for voting reform.

Majority Democrats held a Zoom press conference Monday afternoon to talk about a package of bills they proposed – aimed at enhancing and expanding early voting options.

Back in November, voters rejected voting reform propositions, but Senate Democrats say misinformation was rampant due to heaving spending by the opposition.

Among the proposals, the creation of new drop boxes for early ballots.

In November, voters rejected proposals to expand voting access.

"Unfortunately, just last year, 49 states introduced over 440 bills with provisions not to expand voting, but to limit it," said Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

"We are voting on a bill today that is going to expand early voting options, while in Georgia in Iowa and Texas, they have passed laws to restrict the early voting period and to shorten the hours that you have to vote," said State Sen. Zellnor Myrie of Brooklyn.

The Senate majority says the opposition to these measures spent heavily to mislead voters prior to the election.

After the Senate signs off, the bills will move on to the Assembly.