Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, is introducing a comprehensive election reform package as part of his 2018 State of the State agenda. The “Democracy Agenda” calls for significant changes regarding transparency for online political advertising as well as measures the governor said will eliminate unnecessary voting barriers.

The first proposal would add paid internet and digital advertisements to the state’s definition of political communication, which currently encompasses television, print and radio. The updated definition would require all online advertisers to include disclosures about who is responsible for the communication.

The plan would also require digital platforms to maintain a public file of political ads in order to make sure fact-checkers have access to them and make reasonable efforts to ensure foreign entities aren’t purchasing the ads. Cuomo said by changing the definition of political communication, digital buyers would have to register as independent expenditure committees, which foreign entities would be prohibited from doing.

The governor cited Russian messaging on Facebook and Twitter in 2016 as an example of why the new rules are necessary.

“What we saw during the last election was a systematic effort to undermine and manipulate our very democracy, Cuomo said. “With these new safeguards, New York — in the strongest terms possible — will combat unscrupulous and shadowy threats to our electoral process.”

The second portion of the reform package addressed potential cyber-related threats to elections. Again citing Russian meddling in 2016, Cuomo is calling for for a four-pronged approach to strengthen cyber-protections.

It includes creating an election support center to provide technical expertise to county boards of elections, giving boards access to threat mitigation services and hardware, providing vulnerability assessment to make sure voting machines are protected, and requiring counties to report data breaches to the state.

“It is vital to ensure that foreign governments and other malevolent actors can’t distort elections with dark money ads or attacks on voting machines and databases,” Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice, said. “Governor Cuomo’s agenda would be a powerful step forward. It’s worth fighting for. We hope Albany listens.”

Cuomo’s plan would make it easier for citizens both to register to vote and cast their ballot. The proposal would institute early voting in the state, requiring at least on poll site be open in every county for the 12 days leading up to election day.

The governor’s also calling for the state to adopt an automatic voter registration system which would send  voters’ information directly to the county board of elections. Voters who do not want to be registered would have to check an “opt out” box.

Finally, the “Democracy Agenda” would have New York join 13 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-day registration.