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Democracy Is Coming? New York Is Getting Closer To Being A Real, Functioning Government Of, By And For The People

A NY Daily News editorial:
“Picking the right first place to make its mark, the Democrat-controlled state Legislature today will overhaul laws that flummox citizens eager to have their voices heard.

Across the country, early voting is common, letting people who can’t manage to get free on a Tuesday the chance to cast a ballot. In New York, you can get bent.”

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Legislature To Take Up Voting Reforms On Monday

From New York State of Politics’ Nick Reisman, “State lawmakers are expected to take up on Monday a package of bills and a pair of constitutional amendments designed to make it easier to cast a vote in New York.

The bills will include measures for early voting, combining the state and federal primaries, a bill that would make voting easier for people who have moved and pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-old prospective voters, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in an interview on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom.

An additional bill would close the loophole in state election law that allows donors to give an unlimited amount of money through a web of limited liability companies.

The Legislature is also expected to pass constitutional amendments for same-day registration and no-excuse absentee voting.”

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How New York Suppresses The Vote

Read Jerry Goldfeder and Myrna Perez’s latest column here:

https://www.stroock.com/siteFiles/Publications/HowNewYorkSuppressesTheVote.pdf

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Voter Advocates Seek ‘Back-End’ System For Registration

Nick Reisman in NY State of Politics: “A coalition that’s backing an effort to automatically register voters in New York wants final legislation to include a “back-end” system that adds eligible voters to the rolls without the prospective voter having to take any action.

The proposal was spelled out in a memo to the top legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly as well as the chairmen of the legislative elections committees.”

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Bill Seeks To Take The ‘Independence’ Out Of Independence Party

Senators James Skoufis and Alessandra Biaggi are looking to remove “independence” from the Independence Party name. targeting the Independence Party, a controversial minor political party that even many of its own members don’t realize is an actual party, by trying to remove “independence” from the name. Read more from Ken Lovett in  the Daily News.

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Should Polling Places Be Allowed In New York’s Schools?

Senator Todd Kaminsky is sponsoring legislation to “to relocate or remove polling places from schools — an idea that first began circulating around Albany in 2014 following several high-profile school shootings and threats of terrorism.” Similar legislation is also being sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt and Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso. Read by more in the Democrat & Chronicle by Chad Arnold.

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New Group Pushing Automatic Voter Registration In New York

From Ken Lovett in the Daily News:

” A new group has formed to push voting reform in New York. Called AVR NOW, the group will focus on passage of state legislation creating automatic voter registration.”

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