On December 6, New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with several civic organizations and state legislators and other political leaders, held a press conference to ask the New York legislature to improve some election laws. See this press release from the Mayor’s office. The last page lists the specific proposals.
Probably the most significant change advocated is to relax the law that says no one may change political parties, and make that change effective, for almost a year before a primary. New York’s law on this point is extreme. The press release says that 20 of the 25 states that have registration by party permit voters to switch parties within 30 days of a primary (actually there are 29 states that have registration by party).
Although the group calls for simplified ballot design, the group doesn’t apparently intend to ask the legislature to revise the clumsy ballot format that forces some parties to share a column, or a row, with another party. The press release just says that ballot instructions should be readily visible and in plain language.