Issues: Voter Protection

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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New Laws Make it Easier to Obtain, Fill Out Absentee Ballots

June 7, 2010

One law, signed in late May, allows voters to obtain absentee ballot applications by fax or another written instrument in addition to the current means of getting them through the mail or in person at county boards of election. Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, sponsored the legislation in her house.

To read more: http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2010/06/07/new-laws-make-it-easier-to-obtain-fill-out-absentee-ballots/

June 28, 2010
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HV Press: New act fights voter intimidation tactics

In an effort to end voter coercion and intimidation practices, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District –D/WF) announced passage of legislation in the Senate (S2554-B) making voter suppression punishable as a misdemeanor. If signed into law, the legislation will amend New York State election laws to address issues pertaining to voter coercion and intimidation that are not currently covered.

June 24, 2010
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Senate Passes Deceptive Practices and Voter Suppression Prevention Act

In an effort to end voter coercion and intimidation practices, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District –D/WF) announced passage of legislation in the Senate (S2554-B) making voter suppression punishable as a misdemeanor. If signed into law, the legislation will amend New York State election laws to address issues pertaining to voter coercion and intimidation that are not currently covered.

June 16, 2010
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Encouraging College Voters, Majority Passes Bill Establishing Polling Sites On Campus

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2003/Oppenheimer) which will significantly improve voter participation among younger voters at college by providing for polling sites to be located on college campuses. 

June 14, 2010
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Reforming Presidential Elections: Senate Passes National Popular Vote Legislation

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S2286A) to enter an interstate agreement to elect the U.S. President by national popular vote, striking away an arcane system in which candidates work for votes in a handful of states while reducing voters in more progressive or conservative states to little more than bystanders in the democratic process.

June 8, 2010
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Senate to Vote on Groundbreaking Legislation to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

 

Senate Committee Approves Oppenheimer Co-sponsored Bill

May 11, 2010
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Legislative Wrap-Up:Week of April 12: Election Law Reforms, Delinquent Tax Collection And More

Legislation passed this week by the State Senate Democratic Majority included bills to ensure voters are not disenfranchised as a result of outdated election laws, the authorization of municipalities to collect delinquent property taxes, and the establishment of new rights regarding phone calls of defendants upon arrest, among others.

Reforming State Election Laws

April 16, 2010
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Election Reforms Ensure Absentee and Affidavit Votes Are Counted, Improves Election Administration

Today, The New York State Senate passed a package of election reforms to improve the absentee and affidavit voting process and election administration. These bills underscore the Senate Majority’s commitment to delivering an inclusive, reliable and efficient electoral process to the voters of New York. “The Elections Committee has made common sense reforms a priority because, under no circumstance, should voters question their role in our democracy,” said Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens), Chair of the Senate Elections Committee. 

April 14, 2010
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Sen. Foley Acts to Protect Domestic Violence Victims and Preserve their Right to Vote

The New York State Senate passed an important bill sponsored by Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) that allows victims of domestic violence to have their addresses sealed. Sen. Foley’s bill (S. 5945) addresses a flaw in the election law that mandates boards of elections to disclose a voter’s address to anyone requesting that information.

March 2, 2010
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