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It’s Far Harder To Change Parties In New York Than In Any Other State

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13:  Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks under the arch at historic Washington Square Park to thousands of people at a rally on April 13, 2016 in New York City. While Sanders is still significantly behind Hillary Clinton in the delegate count, he continues to run a spirited campaign that has resonated with young and liberal voters.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks under the arch at historic Washington Square Park to thousands of people at a rally on April 13, 2016 in New York City. While Sanders is still significantly behind Hillary Clinton in the delegate count, he continues to run a spirited campaign that has resonated with young and liberal voters. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The following is an excerpt from LEAH LIBRESCO | April 19, 2016 | fivethirtyeight.com |
Some of Bernie Sanders’s biggest supporters may not be able to vote for him in New York’s primary on Tuesday. Unaffiliated voters are a big share of Sanders’s support, but New York makes it hard for voters to register for a party at the last minute. For example, Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner and a Sanders supporter, can’t vote in the Democratic primary because she didn’t change her party registration in time to qualify. It’s an issue for Republicans too: Some high-profile Donald Trump supporters — or at least two of his kids — won’t be able to partake in the fun.

New York’s deadline for switching party registration was Oct. 9, 193 days before the primary. I wanted to know if a party-switch deadline six months before a primary or caucus was as unusual as it sounded, so I went through every state’s election board website to see.1

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