Friday the 13th: Scary Deadline to Change Party Enrollment for 2018

Common Cause/NY, Easy Elections NY + Activists to Rally in Halloween Masks

NEW YORK, NY (10/12/2017) (readMedia)-- Today, Common Cause/NY, Easy Elections NY, and partners will rally in Halloween costumes and masks in front of City Hall steps to warn New Yorkers and lawmakers about the Friday the 13th deadline for party registration in the 2018 primaries.

New York State is one of only 11 states to have closed primaries: only registered party members can vote in their own party's primary. New York requires voters who want to change their party enrollment in order to vote in a primary to do so 25 days before the general election of the year before the primary they plan to vote in. This is the earliest deadline to change party enrollment anywhere in the country.

This was a major issue in the 2016 presidential primaries when un-affiliated and 3rd party voters discovered that they could not vote.


Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY

George Albro, President of NYPAN

Members of NY Easy Elections coalition



 Rally to warn New Yorkers of party registration deadline.

WHEN: Thursday October 12, 2017 at 12:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: Steps of City Hall
New York City, New York