Public Hearing December 6 On 2016 Election Experience

 NYC Votes wants to hear about your voting experiences and concerns from the 2016 elections. NYC Votes’ Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) will hold its annual public hearing at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, December 6th in lower Manhattan. Come share your insights and help us improve our voter education and outreach efforts. 

Discussions at the hearing will be organized around three subject areas:
Your 2016 Election Day Experience

How we vote in America (Electoral College and Popular Vote)

How to Vote Better in New York

If you plan to attend or testify at the hearing, please contact Sabrina Juarez of the Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Assistance Unit at sjuarez@nyccfb.info with your testimony. Members of the public will have three minutes each to testify. 

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22 Campaign Finance Bills To Move Through City Council ‘Soon,’ Speaker Says

Gotham Gazette’s Samar Khurshid informs us that “within the next two months, the City Council is expected to vote on a large legislative package that would alter the city’s campaign finance system in a variety of ways and regulate donations to political nonprofits…”

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Weiner Campaign Ordered To Repay $195,000 In Matching Funds

Politico NY’s Laura Nahmias reports that the New York City Campaign Finance Board “ordered former mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s campaign to repay more than $195,000 in public matching funds he received as part of his failed 2013 mayoral bid.”

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Q: Why didn’t Cuomo’s Special-Session Wish List Include Closure Of LLC Loophole?

Casey Seiler asks this question in the Times Union, the answer possibly lying with an explanation that “A source close to the negotiations said that particular reform was a “non-starter” for the Republican-led state Senate.”

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Venditto-Brooks Senate Race Headed To Court As Brooks Takes Lead

In Newsday, Robert Brodsky updates: “Democrat John Brooks emerged Wednesday with a narrow 41-vote lead over incumbent GOP State Sen. Michael Venditto as the count of more than 8,000 paper ballots ended in the 8th Senate District, election officials said.”

In a separate statement, Nassau County Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs has already asked that Brooks be declared the winner: “I urge the Board of Elections to move swiftly to certify the results so that the people of the South Shore in Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk are properly represented in Albany.  The time for campaigning and politics is over, and it is now time to govern. “

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Senate Democrats Feeling Bullish On Brooks-Venditto Race

For more on the ongoing state senate ballot count on Long Island, read Casey Seiler’s story here.

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Amid National Hacking Concerns, BOE Seeks To Fill Cyber Security Posts

Nick Reisman reports in State Of Politics on today’s Assembly hearing: “New York’s system of collecting, counting and reporting vote totals was almost certainly not breached by a cyber attack on Election Day. But officials at the state Board of Elections say they are constantly fending off potential efforts by cyber criminals to gain access.”

For additional coverage, check out  Casey Seiler’s story in Capitol Confidential.

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