Monthly Archives: October 2019

New York Democrats Eye Gender Non-binary Rule Changes Proposed By Party’s First Openly Transgender Committee Member

Denis Slattery reports in the NY Daily News “New York Democrats are preparing to change the way the party approaches gender.

The State Democratic Committee will vote Tuesday on a resolution amending party rules to be more inclusive of people who don’t identify as male or female.

 

Emilia Decaudin, the party’s youngest and first openly transgender member, pitched the shift as a way of leveling the playing field for gender nonbinary members or those thinking of getting involved in politics.”

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‘Inactive’ NY Voters Shouldn’t Be Removed From Voting List: Lawsuit

In the Gothamist, Brigid Bergin reports “the New York State Board of Elections will be on trial in federal court on Tuesday, facing allegations that current state law violates the National Voter Registration Act.

The good government group Common Cause New York is suing the state BOE, arguing that state law makes it too easy to remove names from the list of “active” voters used at poll sites, which then leads to voters using problematic affidavit ballots, or becoming disenfranchised entirely.”

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Will Fusion Voting Dispute Bring Legislature Back To Albany In December?

Denis Slattery reports in the NY Daily News: “Lawmakers are gearing up for an early return to the state capital if a commission they created moves to do away with cross-party nominations, multiple sources told the Daily News on Thursday.

The Public Campaign Financing Commission is charged with creating a $100 million public matching funds program for state elections and potentially addressing fusion voting, which allows candidates to appear on the ballot line of more than one party.”

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Experts Say Commission Punted On Census Preparation Recommendations

David Lombardo covers the release of the state’s census advisory commission report today in the Times Union “Months of hearings by a panel tasked with shaping the state’s Census preparations produced a 126-page report that is light on specific recommendations and defers much of its authority to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to some activists and experts.

The “blueprint” — due nearly nine months ago — was approved Tuesday without objection in a meeting of the Complete Count Commission, which was formed to craft a comprehensive action plan and identify the funding needed to lay the ground work for a complete count of New Yorkers next year.

“It’s a road map, but unfortunately it doesn’t get us to our destination,”Commissioner Esmeralda Simmons said during Tuesday’s meeting.”

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Steve Bellone: End Fusion Voting

In a Newsday oped column, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone makes a strong argument for ending fusion voting in New York:

“Our democracy in New York State is at a crossroads.

While we recognize that the recent increased level of political engagement is a positive development for our democracy, our optimism must be tempered by the reality that New York State has historically maintained some of the most anti-democratic voting laws in the nation. While the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo strengthened our democracy by passing voting reform legislation in the last legislative session, there is still much work to be done.”

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State Republicans File Claim To Preserve Fusion Voting

In the Times Union, Cayla Harris reports “New York’s Republican leaders are joining the legal fight to preserve the future of fusion voting in the state.

Legal filings on Thursday from Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan argues that a commission created by Democratic state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to create a system of publicly financed elections is unconstitutional.”

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League Of Women Voters’ Challenge To Registration Cutoff Date Survives Motion To Dismiss

A state supreme court judge in Manhattan denied the motion to dismiss sought by the State Board Of Elections in a challenge to the state’s registration cut-off date. A copy of the decision can be read here: 29 Decision

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