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Lawmakers aim to stop voting registration purges

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 12:45:08-04

New York election officials would need proof that a voter has died or moved away before they can purge their name from the registration rolls under proposed legislation.

State Assemblymen Luis Sepulveda and state Sen. Ruben Diaz introduced the bill following hundreds of complaints about mass registration cancellations in last week's presidential primary. They say the measure is one of several needed to reform the state's "disgraceful" election laws.

Several hundred voters filed complaints last week after they were informed they were no longer registered. Between November and April, about 126,000 Brooklyn voters either were removed from the rolls or their status was listed as "inactive."

The proposed changes would make it a felony to dump voter registrations unless there's "confirmation" that the person has died or moved.