Press Release: On Tuesday, May 2nd
, civic groups and concerned citizens from the Vote Better NY
coalition will call on Albany lawmakers to remove New York’s barriers to the ballot
and ensure the right to vote for every eligible New Yorker
. Coalition members will gather at the State Capitol
to share their personal voting experiences with lawmakers and advocate for election reform.
Vote Better NY seeks common sense changes to New York’s voting laws to ensure that every eligible New Yorker is registered to vote, that voters have more than one day to get to the polls, and that every voter can cast a ballot that counts. This year, our legislative platform consists of:
When: Tuesday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lafayette Park
Speakers: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
State Senator Michael Gianaris
State Assembly Member Latrice Walker
State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh
Onida Coward Mayers, NYC Votes
Blair Horner, NYPIRG
Eddie Cuesta, Dominicanos USA
Zoe Davidson, Coalition Z
Sharon Lin, NYC Youth Poet Laureate
Vote Better NY partner organizations:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Bronx Community College, Bronx Progressives, Brooklyn Advocates for Growth, Citizen Soldier, City University of New York, City University of New York University Student Senate, Coalition Z, Dominicanos USA, Get Organized BK!, League of Women Voters of New York City, Live On New York, Manhattan Community Board 11, NAACP Syracuse, National Council of Negro Women, North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter DST, NYC Voters, NYCD16-Indivisible, NYPIRG, Queens College NYPIRG Chapter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Eta Nu Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Learn more about Vote Better NY at www.votebetterny.org. Follow Vote Better NY events and join the conversation with the hashtag #VoteBetterNY.
ON WAER.ORG, Scott Willis and Karen DeWitt report “(D)emocratic lawmakers, along with the League of Women voters, rallied outside the Senate chambers for bills that would allow same day voting, and early voting by mail in New York State.”
Nick Reisman reports in State of Politics that “Democratic lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday pushed for measures that would make it easier to vote in New York, bills that fell by the wayside during the budget talks.”
Efforts include permitting early voting, automatic registration and use of electronic poll books
Former Erie County Democratic Chairman “Steve Pigeon and two associates were named Wednesday in a criminal complaint filed by the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Pigeon, Kristy Mazurek and David Pfaff each face three class E felonies for allegedly violating Election Law and first-degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing.” Casey Seiler covers the story in the Times Union.
ON WNYC, Brigid Bergin reports on the relative lack of action following last year’s Brooklyn vote purge: “(t)he results revealed profound problems with the way New York runs elections. Thousands of voters showed up at the polls only to find their names had been removed from the books. As WNYC had already reported the day before, more than 100,000 voters were illegally purged by the city Board of Elections in Brooklyn alone.”
Ryan Whelan reports in State Of Politics that “(t)hree prominent Western New York political operatives are scheduled to face felony election law charges Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the case. Among them is former Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Steve Pigeon, who is already in the midst of criminal proceedings for allegedly bribing a state Supreme Court justice.”
Will the Dutchess County Legislature take up campaign finance reform. The MidHudson News updates on “The Lucille Pattison Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2017, named for a former county executive, has bipartisan sponsorship, authored by Democrat Joel Tyner and Republican Marc Coviello.”