ALBANY DAY OF ACTION – JUNE 13! We have the opportunity to pass progressive voting laws in New York State, but it must happen before June 21st in order to take effect for the 2018 elections.
To bring New York into the 21st Century, a coalition of progressive organizations is organizing a day of action in Albany to pass 5 key voter reform laws: early voting, automatic voter registration, flexibility to change voter registration, electronic poll books, and restoring parolee voting rights! Several bills have already passed the State Assembly but are now stuck in the Senate Rules Committee.
The Rally for Voting Rights is organizing buses to Albany from NYC departing from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Manhattan: Meet in front of Union Square Café (101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003) at 7:00 am. Approximate return at 4:00 pm.
Brooklyn: Meet in front of Old Navy (625 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217) at 7:00 am. Approximate return at 4:00 pm.
- 11:30 a.m. at West Capitol Park – Obstacle “To Voting” Course
- 12:00 noon at West Capitol Park – Rally
- 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Inside the NYS Capitol and Legislative Office Building – Lobby Visits and Creative Actions
Sponsors: Brooklyn NAACP, Brooklyn Rebels, Brooklyn Voter Alliance of GOBK, Citizen Action of New York, Common Cause, Daily Kos, Easy Elections NY, League of Women Voters, Moody, NY4Democracy, NY Civic Engagement Table, NYPAN, Public Citizen, Schenectady Unites, SEIU32BJ, Strong Economy for All Coalition, and others
NY State has an opportunity to protect and expanding voting rights. In order for any changes to be in effect for the 2018 elections, reforms must be in place by June 21st. Easy Elections NY is a great resource that has identified 5 priorities:
- Early Voting
- Automatic Voter Registration
- Flexibility to Change Party Affiliation
- Electronic Poll Books
- Restoring Parolee Voting
Take action now!
On March 3rd, members of the NYCIA Council and Indivisible Sunnyside met with Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of the 37th Assembly District of Queens to discuss election reform in NY state. Assemblywoman Nolan expressed her support for Assembly Bill 5312 – also known as the “New York Votes Act” -introduced by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to boost voter registration and simplify the voting process. Key components of the bill include:
- automatic registration of eligible voters
- same day voter registration
- early voting
- shortened party enrollment deadlines
- “no excuse” absentee voting
- uniform poll site hours from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
- consolidated primaries
- voter protections from improper challenges
- increased language access
- enhanced poll worker training and recruitment
- restoration of voting rights to parolees
Thank you to Celia, Liz, Sandra, Sherry, and Teresa for attending the meeting! From Assemblywoman Nolan’s Facebook page:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has introduced a bill to protect and expand voting rights in New York called the New York Votes Act.
Daniel recently attended a lobby training hosted by the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN). There are groups scheduling meetings with every State Senator and Assembly Member before the first week of April to push forward the proposed election reforms. Many districts need more people to attend, especially Assembly District 37 (Catherine Nolan).
Please contact Daniel if you would like to participate and/or if you would like to see a copy of the slides that NYPAN developed to help constituents lobby more effectively.
From Grassroots Action NY:
As you may know, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has put forth an election reform bill! He recently released Voter Right’s Report which outlines the many problems with New York State’s election laws and a series of proposals for reform. Some of these include early voting/voting by mail, automatic registration, and Board of Elections reform – reforms that could have drastically altered the outcome of the 2016 primary election had they already been implemented.
Our group, Grassroots Action NY, is working as an affiliate of New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) and with Citizen Action and the AG’s office to lobby every state legislator in New York (state senators and state assemblymembers) for the AG’s election reform bill. What we need right now are people to join the lobby groups and/or to help organize them.
We’re forming groups of 3-10 constituents in each district, training them on how to lobby, and then setting up meetings with their respective legislators for the district. Our first lobby training will by next Saturday, February 18 at 1:00pm. It will be held at 50 Broadway, Suite 1600. If you are interested in joining a group and can attend the training, please RSVP here.