New York State Bar Association president Seymour James, Jr. has formed a special committee to recommend possible changes in state law that could foster greater voter participation.

The rate of voter participation in New York is frequently ranked among the lowest in the nation. Only 36.3 percent of new Yorkers eligible to vote in the 2000 election cast ballots, according to an analysis by the United States elections project at George Mason University.

In its report, the special committee may recommend changes that could enhance civic participation in New York State. It expects to submit its report to the state bar's executive committee and House of Delegates for approval in January 2013.