Monthly Archives: October 2018

Frank Lewis RIP

Redistricting and statistics expert Frank Lewis passed away a few days ago. Details on his funeral will be posted. He was a great friend and colleague who will be missed.

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BP Adams: Brooklyn Residents Need To Fill Out Census Forms Or Borough Could Lose Funding (and representation)

Mary Frost in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes “(m)ore than 80 percent of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents live in areas identified as “hard to count,” according to the City University of New York (CUNY) Mapping Service.

This could come back to haunt the borough in the 2020 Census. Census figures factor in obtaining federal funding for health care, schools, housing, security, infrastructure, transportation and more. An undercounted population means Brooklyn loses out on much-needed funding it is entitled to.”

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Suffolk Elections Board Reverses, Will Allow Walk-in Absentee Voting

In Newsday, David M. Schwartz reports “(t)he Suffolk County Board of Elections reversed course Wednesday and will once again welcome walk-in voters seeking to cast absentee ballots on the spot at its Yaphank headquarters.

The board commissioners agreed to hire four temporary workers, at a cost of about $9,600, to help handle the increased absentee-ballot volume this year.”

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Election Commissioner: ‘Disproportionate’ Number of Sugarman Cases vs. Minorities

In the Times Union, from David Lombardo “(a) co-chairman of the state Board of Elections accused the office’s chief enforcement counsel of disproportionately targeting black and Hispanic political candidates during a meeting Thursday.

Co-chairman Douglas Kellner suggested that chief enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman has been “arbitrary and capricious as to who gets prosecuted.” Kellner added that a “disproportionate number of minorities” were being targeted.”

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Sugarman Gets Approval on Senate GOP Subpoenas

In the Times Union, David Lombardo and Chris Bragg report “(a) mid-level New York appellate court issued an order Thursday authorizing the state’s top elections enforcement officer to move forward with a probe into campaign spending by Senate Republicans, who have sought to block subpoenas issued last year in the case.”

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Who Needs Russian Hackers When Uou Have de Blasio’s Mailings?

From the NY Post editorial board: “Mayor Bill de Blasio’s DemocracyNYC project just screwed up so badly that it has puzzled the Board of Elections.

The city BOE fielded at least 1,600 calls this week from long-active voters who’d opened letters from DemocracyNYC warning they might be unable to vote next month. And they were just a fraction of the 400,000 New Yorkers who got the dubious notices.”

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State Elections Board Demands Answers Over Botched de Blasio Mailer

From the NY Post, by Rich Calder: “(t)he state Board of Elections is demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new “Democracy NYC” office provide answers about a botched mailing to 400,000 city voters — or face a subpoena for the information.

In a letter fired off Wednesday to “Chief Democracy Officer” Ayirini Fonseca-Sabune, election board co-executive directors Todd Valentine and Robert Brehm said the data has to be delivered by noon Friday.”

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