In State of Politics, from Nick Reisman “A state Supreme judge on Monday in a ruling tossed Democratic Senate candidate Shelley Mayer from the Independence Party ballot line, a move her campaign is expected to appeal.
In the ruling Justice Henry Zwack found the procedural requirements for the Independence Party in Westchester County to grant Mayer the line were not followed.
Zwack agreed with Republican arguments the party failed to have a quorum at its February executive committee meeting to discuss its Senate endorsement and that there was no record of notice that the meeting would be held.”
From Nick Reisman in State of Politics: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a conference call with reporters on Thursday said he was concerned hackers, perhaps backed by a foreign government, could “wreak havoc” in New York elections, including his own bid for a third term.
Cuomo held the call with Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to push for a bill that would require the disclosure of political advertising on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Chapter 3 of the Laws of 2018, moving the Fall primary to Thursday, September 13. The primary would have fallen on Tuesday, September 11, one of this year’s Rosh Hashanah days.
In a NY Daily News oped, Maya Wiley writes: “(a)ccording to the Center for Urban Research at CUNY, New York City has three of the hardest-to-count counties in the U.S. For example, over 25% of Queens residents didn’t return the mail-in questionnaire and required the more difficult and costly in-person followup to be counted.
Making matters still worse for cities with large immigrant populations, the Trump administration — which is aggressively deporting undocumented people — has stoked fears by pushing to include a question about citizenship status. The census has never asked this question in the over 200-year history of the count.”
As reported by Samar Khurshid in the G”(t)he Manhattan Democratic County Committee is dropping a lawsuit against the New York City Council over a nomination for a commissioner to the Board of Elections.
In December, the Manhattan Democratic Party, led by Chair Keith Wright, filed a legal challenge against then-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s attempt to confirm her preferred candidate to a Manhattan BOE commissioner seat over the county party’s choice. A lawyer for the Manhattan Democrats told Gotham Gazette on Friday that Wright and new Council Speaker Corey Johnson had come to an agreement and that Wright had instructed the lawyer to drop the suit.”
Victor Manuel Ramos in Newsday: “A coalition of immigrant advocates and progressives on Long Island is raising concerns about a proposal to ask people their citizenship status in the 2020 census, arguing that such a question would intimidate immigrants in the country illegally or facing the expiration of protections against deportation.
The citizenship question, proposed in a Dec. 12 letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, “would have a chilling impact throughout the immigrant community,” said Walter Barrientos, Long Island organizer with Make the Road New York, an advocacy group in Latino working class communities.”
The Justice Department’s argument that a citizenship question should be added to the 2020 census form is completely misleading. The department has never needed this question to enforce the Voting Rights Act and there is no need to do so now. Contrary to the Justice Department’s argument, the Census Bureau has not included a citizenship question on the modern census “short form,” sent to every household, since enactment of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Citizen voting-age population is derived from the ongoing American Community Survey and before that, through the so-called census “long” form. That data has been and continues to be suitable for purposes of civil rights and Voting Rights Act enforcement.
In the Times Union, Wendy Liberatore reports “the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors disregarded the pleas from the public on Tuesday afternoon to break down barriers to voting by supporting Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo’s call for early voting and automatic voter registration through the DMV.
In a vote 21 to 2, the supervisors rejected the state’s call for both reforms because they are too costly, too confusing and, they believe, don’t increase voter turnout.” The measure considered by a resolution and is not binding.