Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why Do Poll Workers Take Down Voter Names For The Political Parties?

Newsday reports on why poll workers take down names of voters on Election Day on separate legal pads. After a voter complained, the County Board Of Elections explained the process, for better or worse. Of all the things that are debated at the polls on Election Day, possession of these lists and who they are given to has always been an item of contention and, often, challenges.

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State Board Releases Local Elections Guidance For Lever Voting Machines

State Board  Of Elections Commission Doug Kellner has announced that the Board of Elections has released its “Report Concerning Recommendations and Guidance for the Administration of Elections by Villages, School Districts, Fire Districts, Library Districts and Other Municipal Corporations Required to Hold Elections in New York State.” The report reviews how these special districts should be required to end the use of lever voting machines to comply with New York law adopted in 2005, which outlawed use of the machines.
The report, which was approved by all four commissioners on a bi-partisan basis, can be downloaded at http://elections.ny.gov  (see “Recent Publications” in the right-hand column)

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Democrats Get Ready for Post-2020 Redistricting Battles by Winning Legislative Majorities

National Democrats are gearing up for post-2020 redistricting control across the nation by setting up a new super PAC, Advantage 2020. The new group will focus on winning Democratic state legislative seats where redistricting battles are expected after the 2020 census. As reported by Samantha Lachman in the Huffington Post, former state legislative leader Paul Schauer (who also served as a Michigan Member of Congress) will lead the effort.

In past decades, both parties have set up PACs to win control of state legislatures prior to redistricting including GOPAC, Project 500, IMPAC 2000 and related groups. NY Election News will provide non-partisan reporting on redistricting and election activities by all political parties. While New York has not generated a great deal of national pre-redistricting attention, control of the state senate merits national news attention being reported.

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Congressional and Assembly Special Elections Scheduled For May 5

As expected, Governor Cuomo announced that special elections to fill the vacancies in the 43rd Assembly and 11th Congressional districts will be held on Tuesday, May 5. The complete schedule posted by the State Board Of Elections can be found here.

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Governor To Schedule Special Congressional Election By Friday

A day after Judge Jack Weinstein ordered Governor Cuomo to set a date for a special election to succeed Michael Grimm in Washington, the Governor said today he would set a date by Friday, avoiding judicial control over the election. As reported by  the Albany Times Union in Capital Confidential, the Governor will not risk further judicial intervention. The Governor had earlier noted the cost and complexity of running an election as a reason to wait.

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Judge Weinstein: Governor Must Schedule Special Staten Island-Brooklyn Congressional Election

Federal District Court Judge Jack Weinstein ruled earlier today that Governor Andrew Cuomo must schedule a special election to fill the vacancy created by Congress Member Michael Grimm’s resignation by Friday. Failure to so will result in the court setting a date. You can read Judge Weinstein’s order in  a link from the Times Union Capitol Confidential.

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NYC Legislation Seeks To Track Absentee Balloting Online

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, an expert on election administration, is introducing legislation in the City Council to allow voters to track their absentee ballots online, As reported by Jillian Jorgensen in the N.Y. Observer, the bill would be similar to the law permitting overseas military personnel to track ballots once received by local election boards.

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