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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on Monday, February 27th, if you plan to attend the meeting and require sign language interpretation.
“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.”
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.”
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to get more eligible citizens onto the voter rolls and to keep the rolls accurate, but New York’s system is woefully out-of-date.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.”
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.”
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.
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.”