Monthly Archives: August 2017

Ballot Selfies Could Lead To Voter Pressure, Expert Says

Law360’s William Gorta reports on a a lawsuit where “(a) group of voters filed suit against New York state and New York City officials in October 2016, asking the court to find unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds a 127-year-old New York law — designed to prohibit the sale of the voting franchise — that bans voters from showing anyone their completed ballots. The complaint addressed both state and federal claims and asked the court to enjoin officials from enforcing it.”

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Blank Votes Won’t Be Counted In Con Con Vote

In NY State of Politics, from Nick Reisman: “The Rockefeller Institute in a blog post published Tuesday took a rumor that has been circulating on social media, mainly by opponents of holding a constitutional convention: The claim that failing to vote yes or no in the November referendum will automatically be recorded as a “yes” vote.

This is bunk, and the Rockefeller Institute debunks it:

“If a voter leaves the question of convening a ConCon blank on their ballot, whether because they miss the proposal or by design, it will simply be counted as a blank vote. End of story. In other words, only those individuals who voted ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on whether to hold a ConCon are counted.”

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Towns Can’t Restrict Political Yard Signs: Supreme Court Has Ruled

In the Buffalo News, Thomas J. Prohaska takes a look at how local governments have attempted to regulate political signage and how courts have held that signs may be posted: “The New York Civil Liberties Union says a unanimous 2015 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court clearly called regulating signs based on content unconstitutional.”

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NYCCFB Announces Candidate Community Forum Schedule

Press release– This fall, New Yorkers are voting for their next city officials, including City Council members. Eight of these City Council races are in districts in which the incumbents are not seeking reelection. NYC Votes, the voter engagement initiative of the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB), has launched a new program to sponsor candidate community forums to these open seat districts. These forums will provide voters with an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates in these races.

“We often hear from voters that they don’t have enough information to participate in local elections. We’ve launched the Candidate Community Forums initiative to change that. With local organizations at the helm, these forums will provide voters with an opportunity to meet the candidates vying for office, and to learn how they plan to address important issues in their communities,” said Onida Coward MayersNYC Votes Director of Voter Assistance.

The CFB is pleased to announce forums taking place on the following dates and times:

District Organization Date and Time Location
13 Faith in New York Tuesday, 8/29; 7:00 PM Throggs Neck Community Church
2730 Bruckner Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10465
4 The League of Women Voters of the City of New York Tuesday, 9/5; 7:00 PM Hunter College
Danny Kaye Theatre
East 68th Street
Between Park & Lexington Avenues
New York, NY 10065
18 Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. Tuesday, 9/5; 6:30 PM PS106 Auditorium
1514 Olmstead Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
8 Hispanic Federation, Inc. Wednesday, 9/6; 6:30 PM Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center
1680 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029
41 Ocean Hill-Brownsville Coalition of Young Professionals Wednesday, 9/6; 6:00 PM Brooklyn Collegiate High School
2021 Bergen St
Brooklyn, NY 11233
2 New York City Housing Authority Branch of the NAACP, Inc. Thursday, 9/7; 6:00 PM Grand Street Settlement
80 Pitt Street (Rivington and Pitt Streets)
Grand Cafe Room
New York, NY 10002
21 Food Bank For New York City Thursday, 9/7; 6:30 PM First Baptist Church
100-10 Astoria Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
43 East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Thursday, 9/7, 6:00 PM Brooklyn Public Library
Bay Ridge Branch
7223 Ridge Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11209

This program aims to provide voters with the tools they need to make informed choices at the polls. Organizations were selected based on their organizational capacity, demonstrated ability to conduct nonpartisan voter engagement activities, ability to meet program requirements, and plan to attract a diverse group of community members for the event. Selected organizations will receive a grant of $1,500.

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Senate GOP Must Comply With Board of Elections Subpoenas, Court Rules

With a link to the decision, Chris Bragg writes in the Times Union that “(a) state supreme court justice in Albany has ruled that New York Senate Republicans must comply with subpoenas issued by the state Board of Elections chief enforcement counsel looking deeply into potential violations of state election law.

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NY Women’s March Organizers Push For Constitutional Convention

In the Times Union, Matthew Hamilton covers the story about “(a) letter to the governor, Forward March NY — which previously organized under the moniker Women’s March on Washington NYC Chapter — noted Cuomo’s long-shot proposal to pass a constitutional amendment through the legislative process to codify the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion decision into state law. “

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Lawsuit To Require Con Con Question Up Front Is Tossed

Nick Reisman reports on a court ruling brought by state Constitutional Convention supporter Evan Davis who sought to have the con con ballot question placed on the front of the the November ballot for better voter attention. A state supreme court justice rejected his complaint against the state Board of Elections.

“Davis had filed suit against the state Board of Elections to require the question over whether to hold the convention on the front of the ballot. A supporter of the convention, Davis is challenging the ballot placement given it’s the first time in recent political history the once every 20 year referendum is being put to voters on paper, not lever machines.”

Davis plans to appeal.

A copy of the decision can be read here:NYConConBallotPlacement_NYSC Continue reading

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