From the Morning Memo:

A coalition of advocacy groups on Thursday are releasing a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the top legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly urging them to enact a “back-end” system for automatically registering voters.

The groups, which include AVR NOW, Demos, Center for Popular Democracy, Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change, want the change included in the finalized state budget deal.

Having a “back-end” registration system is a more reliable method of separating out non-citizens, limits the possibility of error and drawing in harder-to-reach communities such as low-income New Yorkers and communities of color.

We want to help make the voting process more accessible by eliminating the barriers keeping millions of New Yorkers from exercising their civic duty,” they wrote in the letter to Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

“We urge you to ensure that a robust back-end AVR measure with strong safe harbor provisions, and continued support through an AVR Task Force, passes this year. We know that no legacy could be more powerful than one that ensures citizens from every corner of New York’s diverse population can participate in our democracy.”

The state budget is due to pass by Sunday.