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Cuomo signs early voting bill into law, joined by Ben Stiller

January 24, 2019 The Associated Press

New York state will soon join most other states in allowing voters to cast a ballot before election day.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law yesterday that authorizes in-person early voting up to 10 days before an election. He was joined at a Manhattan bill signing ceremony by actor and producer Ben Stiller.

Stiller was a vocal supporter of the changes, which had been blocked for years by Republicans in the state Senate. The bills all passed earlier this month, following a Democratic takeover of the Senate in last year’s elections.

Cuomo also signed into law bills that will consolidate multiple primary elections and make other updates to decades-old voting rules.

He says the changes should boost New York’s voter turnout, which typically lags other states.

This is not Stiller’s first foray into New York state politics. In November 2018, the Zoolander star was spotted out and about in Bay Ridge canvassing with state Sen. Andrew Gounardes during election season.

Additional reporting by Sara Bosworth

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