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Suit Wants Constitutional Convention To Be On Front Of Ballot

In Newsday, Michael Gormley reports on con con advocate Evan Davis’ effort  “to move this November’s referendum on whether to have a constitutional convention to the front page of the ballot where it can’t be as easily be missed by voters.”

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How To Register To Vote In The NY Primary, Even If You Are Homeless

In the Brooklyn Eagle, Mary Frost informs us that "You must register as a member of a political party, however, to vote in your party’s primary elections. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Friday, Aug. 18 — a date easily overlooked during the summer fun season.
If you’re not registered yet, you can download a registration form from the Board of Election’s (BOE) website, pick one up at your local BOE office or call 866-VOTE-NYC to request one by mail. You can submit the form to BOE in person or by mail, but it must be by the deadline. The BOE’s website is www.nyccfb.org/nyc-votes/registering."http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/8/9/how-register-vote-upcoming-nyc-primary-even-if-you%E2%80%99re-homeless

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Will Political Clubs Face New Scrutiny?

In State Of Politics, Nick Reisman takes a look at whether “(p)olitical clubs could face a new level of unwanted attention this election season as the organization linked to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver comes under fire from Manhattan activists.”

Many political clubs may have failed to file proper records with the State Board of Elections.

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NYC Campaign Finance Board Issues 2017 Candidate Funds

Press release:

 At today’s public meeting, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) approved the first public funds payments of the 2017 elections. The Board approved public funds payments totaling $6,746,436 to 51 candidates who qualified for the matching funds program. New York City’s matching funds program provides city candidates with public funds at a rate of $6-to-$1 for the first $175 contributed by City residents, for a maximum of $1,050 in public funds per contributor. Details of the public funds payments are available in the table below.

“Public matching funds are an important investment in the political process that have defined city elections for nearly 30 years. Today’s payment marks the tenth consecutive citywide election in which the CFB has administered public funds for candidates,” said Frederick Schaffer, Chair of the CFB. “The public matching funds program encourage candidates to raise small-dollar contributions in their neighborhoods, limiting the influence of large contributions from special interests, and ensuring that candidates better understand and address the diverse interests and needs of everyday New Yorkers.”

The Board Authorized Public Funds Payments to the Following Candidates:

Candidate Office Public Funds Payment
Bill de Blasio Mayor $2,579,427
Ruben Diaz Jr. Bronx Borough President $204,950
Margaret Chin City Council (#1) $95,095
Dashia Imperiale City Council (#1) $23,774
Christopher Marte City Council (#1) $95,095
Carlina Rivera City Council (#2) $95,095
Mary Silver City Council (#2) $95,095
Rachel Honig City Council (#4) $93,309
Jeffrey Mailman City Council (#4) $90,493
Keith Powers City Council (#4) $95,095
Bessie Schachter City Council (#4) $83,864
Martha Speranza City Council (#4) $95,095
Cary Goodman City Council (#6) $31,903
Helen Rosenthal City Council (#6) $95,095
Thomas Lopez-Pierre City Council (#7) $88,236
Diana Ayala City Council (#8) $95,095
Cordell Cleare City Council (#9) $44,614
Bill Perkins City Council (#9) $46,056
John Doyle City Council (#13) $95,095
Marjorie Velazquez City Council (#13) $94,857
Randy Abreu City Council (#14) $72,595
Felix Perdomo City Council (#14) $44,944
Helen Hines City Council (#17) $32,233
Michael Beltzer City Council (#18) $67,653
Elvin Garcia City Council (#18) $95,095
Paul Graziano City Council (#19) $91,770
Paul Vallone City Council (#19) $95,095
Alison Tan City Council (#20) $95,095
Mohammad Rahman City Council (#24) $63,065
Richard David City Council (#28) $95,095
Hettie Powell City Council (#28) $95,095
Robert Holden City Council (#30) $95,095
Michael Scala City Council (#32) $35,916
Antonio Reynoso City Council (#34) $93,080
Tommy Torres City Council (#34) $63,173
Laurie Cumbo City Council (#35) $95,095
Ede Fox City Council (#35) $95,047
Carlos Menchaca City Council (#38) $92,221
Felix Ortiz City Council (#38) $95,047
Alicka Ampry-Samuel City Council (#41) $73,399
Henry Butler City Council (#41) $95,095
Inez Barron City Council (#42) $45,087
Justin Brannan City Council (#43) $94,382
Kevin Peter Carroll City Council (#43) $95,095
Khader El-Yateem City Council (#43) $95,095
Liam McCabe City Council (#43) $95,095
John Quaglione City Council (#43) $95,095
Nancy Tong City Council (#43) $95,095
Chaim Deutsch City Council (#48) $23,061
Kamillah Payne-Hanks City Council (#49) $95,095
Deborah Rose City Council (#49) $95,095
All Candidates All Offices $6,746,436
Total Funds Paid to Candidates By City Council District:
City Council District Total Funds Paid
1 $213,964
2 $190,190
4 $457,856
6 $126,998
7 $88,236
8 $95,095
9 $90,670
13 $189,952
14 $117,539
17 $32,233
18 $162,374
19 $186,865
20 $95,095
24 $63,065
28 $190,190
30 $95,095
32 $35,916
34 $156,253
35 $190,142
38 $186,268
41 $168,494
42 $45,087
43 $569,857
48 $23,061
49 $190,190
Archived video of today’s meeting will be available at www.nyccfb.info/live.

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NYS Elections Commissioners Feud With Sugarman; Will Also Provide Trump Voter Data

In the Times Union, Chris Bragg reports that “Commissioners of the state Board of Elections and its independent chief enforcement counsel, Risa Sugarman, engaged in an icy exchange over the office’s role at the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday.

At issue was Sugarman’s reluctance to go after hundreds of campaign committees that are not technically in compliance with election law, but are defunct and haven’t been active for years.”

Bragg adds that “the Board would comply with a request from the Trump Administration’s voter commission to turn over its public New York voter database. The commission is seeking to collect data about voters across the country, and about 30 have have agreed to supply at least some data, according to news reports.”

Although Governor Cuomo objects to providing Washington with the data, the decision was ultimately up to the Board of Elections.

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Syracuse Mayoral Candidate Raymond Blackwell Forced Out Of Race

Tina Yazdani in Spectrum News: “A Syracuse mayoral candidate’s dreams have been dashed. Raymond Blackwell was denied a spot on the ballot this morning.

County board of elections officials say he had hundreds of invalid petition signatures. The rule states that every Democratic candidate needs 1,000 valid signatures to run for mayor. While Blackwell has more than 1,000, the board says the signatures don’t all belong to registered members of the Democratic party, so they don’t count.”

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In Rochester, Barnhart Files Complaint Over Mayor’s Campaign Finance

Spectrum News Reports ” Rochester Democratic mayoral candidate Rachel Barnhart says she’s filed a formal complaint with the state’s board of elections over campaign finance regarding incumbent Lovely Warren.”

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