Monthly Archives: December 2017

Welcoming Frank Housh’s New Law Blog

New York Election News welcomes Buffalo attorney Frank Housh’s new blog at http://www.houshlaw.com/blog/

While it might not always relate to New York law, Frank is an experienced election law practitioner. His first posting relates to the one vote situation in a Virginia House of Delegates race.

Good luck, Frank!

 

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Cuomo Introduces Comprehensive Election Reform Proposal

Just in time for a holiday present for election law advocates, Governor Cuomo will propose a number of reforms next year. As reported by Ryan Whalen in NY State of Politics,”Cuomo’s plan would make it easier for citizens both to register to vote and cast their ballot. The proposal would institute early voting in the state, requiring at least on poll site be open in every county for the 12 days leading up to election day.

The governor’s also calling for the state to adopt an automatic voter registration system which would send  voters’ information directly to the county board of elections. Voters who do not want to be registered would have to check an “opt out” box.”

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New York On Pace To Lose 1 Congressional Seat In 2022

In NY Politico, from Bill Mahoney “It’s likely that New York will lose one of its 27 congressional seats in the 2022 reapportionment because its small growth in population hasn’t kept pace with the nation as a whole.

According to Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday, New York’s population was 19.85 million as of July 1. That’s up by 471,297 from the last decennial census conducted in 2010.”

But is the Census Bureau going to be able to conduct a complete and accurate census in 2020?

““The Census Bureau is at its lowest funding level at this point in the decade than at any other time in the past several decades,” said Jeff Wice, a fellow at SUNY Buffalo Law School who has worked with Senate Democrats in New York in past redistricting cycles.”

 

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Suffolk County Creates Public Matching System For Elections

In NY State of Politics, Nick Reisman reports “Lawmakers in Suffolk County on Tuesday approved a public matching system for elections there, making it the largest county to date to do so.

The bill is backed by Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone…..

The measure creates a public matching system for donations of no more than $250 and participating candidates must raise at least $5,000 in eligible contributions.”

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Breaking News: Judge Halts NYC City Council From Appointing Manhattan BOE Commissioner

State Supreme Court Justice Tisch has  enjoined the NYC City Council from appointing the Manhattan Commissioner of the NYC Board Of Elections.

Read the decision here: City Council decision

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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation Creating Online Voter Registration System

As reported in the Gotham Gazette and  a City Hall press release, “Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed legislation allowing for the creation of an online system to make voter registration easier for New York City residents. The Mayor previously held a public hearing for the bill, Intro 508-A, on November 27, 2017. This legislation was sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos. Under this new legislation, the City will create an online portal and mobile application where voters can submit registration information or submit updates to their registrations.”

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Online Voter Registration Debate Continues, With Court Challenge Possible

Samar Kurshid reports in the Gotham Gazette “the New York City Council passed a bill that provides for online voter registration for city residents without requiring DMV-issued identification. With guidance from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office allowing local jurisdictions to pass online registration measures, the bill holds up under state law. But state elections officials can’t agree on the validity of the bill, and city Board of Elections officials have yet to make a decision, portending that the matter may have to eventually be decided in court.”

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