NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee Meets February 28

The next public meeting of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, February 28th, in the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Board Room of the CFB’s office in Lower Manhattan, at 100 Church Street, on the 12th Floor.

If you plan to attend and speak, or to submit written testimony, please RSVP by email to Sabrina Castillo at scastillo@nyccfb.info or by phone at 212-409-1843. Please be advised that building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering. 

Sign language interpretation is available. Please email scastillo@nyccfb.info by the close of business on Monday, February 27th, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation. 

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Lawyer Cleared Of 1997 Voter fraud Conviction Plans To Sue Ex-Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes For $25 Million

“The first New Yorker prosecuted for voter fraud since Susan B. Anthony in 1873” plans “a $25 million malicious prosecution suit against  (Brooklyn) ex-prosecutor Charles J. Hynes,” according to a NY Daily News story by Christina Carrega and Larry McShane.  John O’Hara, “a political activist, was indicted for voter fraud when he was sharing an apartment with his then-girlfriend while still holding onto his own rent-stabilized residence.”

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Eric Schneiderman: Voter Fraud? Not In New York

The Albany Times Union’s Matthew Hamilton reports today “State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday that there was not a single substantiated claim of voter fraud in New York last year.”

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The Best Way To Ensure the Integrity Of New York’s Elections? Let’s Modernize Them!

Amy Loprest takes a look at a number of reforms New York could make to modernize elections in Gotham Gazette, writing “some states are making strides to update their technology to get more eligible citizens onto the voter rolls and to keep the rolls accurate, but New York’s system is woefully out-of-date. Our paper-based system leads to typos, names missing from the poll books, and other errors which prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot that counts. Even worse, hundreds of thousands of voters have been illegally purged from the rolls, stripping those New Yorkers of their voting rights.”

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WNY Tea Party Activist Accused Of Voter Fraud Takes Misdemeanor Plea Deal

State of Politics reports “An eight-month legal saga involving Western New York Tea Party activist Rus Thompson appears to have been resolved relatively painlessly Thursday morning. Thompson, facing felony voter fraud charges, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of offering a false instrument for filing. His attorney said he’s not likely to face any prison time as a result.”

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Tonko Backs Bill To Move Election Day to The Weekend

Albany area Congressmember Paul Tonko has signed onto Rochester area Congressmember Louise Slaughter’s bill to “move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November (i.e. Nov. 4 and 5 in 2017).” Matthew Hamilton covers the story in the Times Union.

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Times Union: Make N.Y. Voter Friendly

After Attorney General Eric Schneiderman proposed a number of voting system reforms last week, the Albany Times Union editorializes on the need to enact the changes he suggests, but “Republicans who control the state Senate, however, have balked at making voting easier, worried, it seems, that it will bring out more minorities, who have historically supported Democrat candidates.”

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