Issues: Voter Protection

Prison Based Gerrymandering

Currently, the United States Bureau of the Census includes everyone housed in federal, state, and local correctional facilities in its count of the general population in the Census “block” (population unit) containing the prison facility. The state's current reliance on the Census Bureau's prison count data when drawing legislative districts could violate federal law in two ways: it dilutes minority voting strength in possible violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; and it violates the one person, one vote principle of the 14th Amendment’s Equal protection Clause, which requires voting districts to have equal numbers of residents.

January 3, 2011
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2011 Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about the Redistricting process?

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

2. What is redistricting?

3. What is reapportionment?

4. What requirements must the legislature follow?

5. What is the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and reapportionment (LATFOR)?

6. How the bill becomes law.

7. What about an independent redistricting commission?

8. When will it take effect?

9. Why should I care?

10. How can I get involved?

11. How can I get redistricting data?

 

1. What role do U.S. Census figures play in redistricting?

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Background

The Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment was established by Chapter 45 of the New York State Laws of 1978 to research and study the techniques and methodologies used by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of the Census in carrying out the decennial federal census. The Task Force aids the Legislature by maintaining computer systems, developing databases, conducting hearings and developing Senate, Assembly and Congressional redistricting plans. LATFOR also conducts research projects relating to the collection and use of census data and other statistical information. The Task Force consists of six members, including four legislators and two non-legislators.

January 3, 2011
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Redistricting Goals And Criteria

Various state and local jurisdictions, in an effort to reform redistricting and to make it more accountable, have been considering new goals, methods and criteria that would result in a more transparent redistricting process and one that uses honest and objective criteria. While several states have pursued redistricting reform via the legislative process, others have considered independent commissions. California’s new commission is one major example of a recent reform.Goals and criteria being considered include:

January 3, 2011
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New York State Demographic Trends Report, 2000-2009 | GIS Maps and Data Tables

Attached are reports on demographic trends across New York, including data on Congressional districts, State Senate districts, county population changes as well as prisoner populations from 2000-2009.

January 3, 2011
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Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment Public Hearing 12/14/2010

Senate Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment Public Hearing 12/14/2010.

December 16, 2010
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A Clear Message for Reform Resonates During First of Scheduled Meetings Seeking Public Involvement in 2012 Redistricting Process

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, yesterday conducted the first in a series of public meetings to let the public and stakeholders weigh in on the upcoming 2012 redistricting process prior to the release of official U.S. Census results next week. Yesterday’s meeting in New York was attended by numerous speakers including voting rights advocates, good government groups and civic organizations. Each addressed the need for reforming the redistricting process. 

December 15, 2010
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

 

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

September 21, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Queens Officials Show Off New Voting Machines

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September 3, 2010 

Voters will soon be casting their ballots using a brand new system.

Local leaders and officials from the city's Board of Elections demonstrated the new electronic voting system in Jackson Heights, Queens on Friday. 

The old lever voting booths will be a thing of the past, and the new system is designed to be in compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

From now on, with every vote cast, a verifiable paper record will be produced.

Officials say it will be easier and more accurate than the old booths. 

 

September 7, 2010
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

 

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

September 8, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Your Vote Counts! Learn More About New Voting Machines in New York State

This fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is working to inform New Yorkers about this transition and opportunities to try out the voting machines before election day. 

August 31, 2010
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August 27, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

 

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

September 3, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

 

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

September 1, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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A Celebration: 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for

women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy:

women’s suffrage -- the right to VOTE!

 

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history

during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch

women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the

90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and

women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who

came before us and fought for this most fundamental right. The sad

reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still

August 27, 2010
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Information on New Voting Systems

This year New York State will introduce a new voting system in which voters will mark their choices on a paper ballot using a pen or ballot marking device, and will insert their marked ballot into a scanner. To ensure that voters have an opportunity to learn how to vote using a paper ballot, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will be holding demonstrations to teach voters the new voting system. Below you can find the dates & locations of demonstrations given in the 26th District, or to find out more information please visit: http://www.votethenewwayny.com/en/default.aspx

Date: 29 Aug, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Organization: Big Apple Performing Arts

August 27, 2010
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August 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Reform means more than Koch's pledge

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch  has undertaken a worthy effort to reform state government, but his approach is fundamentally flawed. In fighting for independent redistricting, responsible budget and ethics reforms, Koch is propping up those who have stood in the way of serious reform for decades, while forcing those with actual reform records to defend themselves against those who have done little more than sign a piece of paper.Talking about an issue is nice, but for the voters of this state, action speaks louder than signing an ex-politician's pledge.

August 17, 2010
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Hands-On Demo of New Optical Scan Voting Machines

Starting this fall, all lever voting machines in NY state will be replaced with electronic optical scan voting machines.  Join Senator Peralta for a hands-on demonstration with the Board of Elections.  All participants will have the opportunity to try out the new voting machines.

If you cannot attend this event, the Board of Elections is holding other demos across NYC.  Find another demo by clicking here

August 10, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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