The only reason the voting situation in New York isn’t a a national scandal is that it isn’t currently a swing state in presidential elections. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez points out, it still should be:
But there’s always a rationalization at hand:
Or in the alternative you could just mail everybody their ballot at the address listed on their voter registration, and give them three weeks to either mail it back or drop it in a secure government ballot box.
Voter suppression is a mixture of conscious and unconscious bad motives, along with the usual combinations of nostalgia, inertia, laziness, and sheer indifference that keep lots of ridiculous practices and institutions in business.