Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cuomo To Set Senate, Assembly special Elections For May

In Capitol Confidential, Matthew Hamilton reports  that Governor Cuomo will set May 23 as the date for a special election to “fill a Harlem state Senate seat and a Long Island Assembly seat, it was announced at a meeting of his cabinet Tuesday. Both were vacated early this year after former Sen. Bill Perkins, a Democrat, was elected to the New York City Council and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, a Republican, was appointed supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island.”

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Poll: Voters Support Con-Con — Even If They Haven’t Heard About It

Matthew Hamilton reports on the results of a poll on whether voters support the call for a Constitutional Convention this November. From the Times Union report: “voters are on board with holding a constitutional convention — even if nobody is saying much about voting this year to hold one.

A Siena College poll released Monday shows that 63 percent of registered voters statewide support holding a convention, at which delegates elected by the people propose changes to the state Constitution that then need to be ratified by the voters.”

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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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County Appeals State Supreme Court Election Ballot Ruling

Updating from our last coverage of this lawsuit, Pete Demola reports from the North Country “Essex County will appeal a ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Martin Auffredou last month that ordered the county to release electronic ballot scans and cast vote records from a recent local election.

While not named as plaintiffs, the Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to continue to fund and support the appeals process following a 90-minute executive session and a volley of lawmaker discussion on Monday.

The chief reason to appeal, said county attorney Dan Manning, is not to block transparency, but rather to safeguard the privacy of voting. “

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