From the Queens Tribune:
State lawmakers are crafting a bill that may allow New Yorkers to both register and vote on the same day.
The bill, championed by State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, would amend the state's constitution and eliminate registration deadlines of up to 25 days before an election.
Many voting rights advocates rank registration problems as among the most pervasive and discouraging hurdles for potential voters.
Critics of the plan have argued that same-day registration is prone to fraud, but Addabbo is confident that the plan being developed will not jeopardize the integrity of New York's elections.
Under the proposed system, voters who register at polling sites would be placed in a separate ballot pool to be verified and counted after the election, similar to the absentee ballot system.
Addabbo acknowledged that the changes could complicate close elections.
There's nothing wrong with deadlines for registration and we already have paper ballots for voters whose names are not listed in the registration books. So what is this bill really about?