NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There will soon be an easier way for people in New York City to register to vote.
As WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp reported, a bill signing Saturday might be the start of an online overhaul.READ MORE: 'The Loss Of A Hero': New York Mourns Death Of 22-Year-Old NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
Until now, if you live in New York State, you could only register to vote online if you had a DMV-issued ID.
But City Councilman Ben Kallos pointed out that since most people in Manhattan don’t have a car, the rules kept many eligible voters from signing up.
“The New York State election law makes it so very difficult,” he told Harp.READ MORE: Dozens Gather In Harlem To Pray For Families Of NYPD Officers Shot While Responding To Domestic Dispute
A new law now clears the way for voters in the five boroughs to register on a website or app without the DMV red tape.
Kallos even created a mock version on his phone using open-source software.
“Sign on a phone like this, and I’m registered,” he explained.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill Saturday. He said he’s especially interested in getting young people on board.MORE NEWS: Lashawn McNeil, Suspect In Deadly Harlem Police Shooting, Was On Probation, Had 5 Prior Arrests
“Look at the elections in Virginia, look at the election in Alabama, just look how much the youth vote played a crucial, crucial role,” said the mayor.