ALBANY — New York may require automatic manual recounts in close elections, something that is currently not part of state law.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he will propose in his State of the State address next month that the law is changed so New York has uniform recount procedures.


Current law does not require automatic vote recounts even in close local elections, and most county elections boards have not implemented local laws to require the recounts.


“Elections are the foundation of our democracy, and there can’t be any confusion when it comes to their outcomes — otherwise people lose faith in the process," Cuomo said in a statement.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address Jan. 8, 2020 in Albany.


"Right now decisions about whether to proceed with recounts in closely contested races almost always get bogged down in costly and unnecessary litigation because there’s a hodgepodge of standards around the state,” he continued.


Cuomo said that without statewide standards for triggering and conducting recounts in elections, county boards and campaigns are often unprepared to conduct recounts in competitive contests.


The governor's proposal would need approval by the state Legislature.


It would make several revisions to state election law, he said:


Require an automatic recount in all statewide elections in which the margin of victory for a candidate or ballot proposition is 0.2% of all votes cast in the contest;


Require an automatic recount in all other elections in which the margin of victory for a candidate or ballot proposition is 0.5% of all votes cast in the contest;


Ensure that recounts be completed manually.