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.
Monthly Archives: February 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The State Board of Elections released a report a few days ago addressing the challenges faced by local governments and special districts still using lever machines. The report was mandated by Chapter 273 of the Laws of 2014. Localities are supposed to end the use of level machines by the end of the year. Several state legislators recently joined county commissioners and advocates for the handicapped urging an end to level machines. You can read the report here.
Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed a search committee to recommend a Director for the Assembly’s new Office of Ethics & Compliance. As reported by Casey Seiler in Capitol Confidential, the search committee includes several legislators with experience as former prosecutors and who worked in the Attorney General’s Office. One former Suffolk Detective was also named as part of the commmittee.
Colby Hamilton reports in Capital New York: A federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District to force the Governor to call a special election to replace Michael Grimm in Congress. Staten Island Board Of Elections Commissioner Ronald Castorina filed the complaint on behalf of eight district voters. The case will be heard on February 13.