Issues: Voter Registration

Inmates key in redistricting issue

There is a cloud over the entire redistricting process. Albany Times Union wrote about LATFOR's continued use of prison-based gerrymandering, despite a 2010 law making it illegal.

ALBANY -- Good-government and civil rights groups charge New York's commission on legislative redistricting will break a 2010 law if it counts inmates where they are jailed.

The legislative commission, known as LATFOR, held its first meeting last week in Albany and announced it will for now ignore a 2010 law -- passed when Democrats controlled the Senate, Assembly and Executive Mansion -- that requires inmates be counted at their last known address.

July 12, 2011


The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011

Senator Dilan Calls on LATFOR to Employ Fair, Open Redistricting and Honor Public Demands

Urges colleagues to abide by fair standards at task force’s first public meeting

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR), urged colleagues to embrace many of the reforms the public has been calling for during the task force’s first public meeting of the 2011- 12 redistricting process.

July 6, 2011

Redistricting Override Sign On Letter

Senator Dilan, collegues, remain committed to supporting Gov's veto of LATFOR lines. 

Redistricting Override Sign On Letter

April 7, 2011

Estrenarán sistema electoral - Nueva York sustituye las viejas máquinas de palanca en las primarias demócratas

El Diario

por Ruth E. Hernández Beltrán 

6 de septiembre del 2010 

Nueva York/EFE — Por primera vez en cinco décadas, los votantes de Nueva York acudirán a la urnas bajo un nuevo sistema electoral, que sustituye las viejas máquinas de palanca, y que se pondrá en marcha en las primarias demócratas del 14 de septiembre.

Nueva York ha sido el último estado en adquirir un sistema electrónico de votación, tal y como estipula una medida aprobada por el Congreso de EE.UU. en 2002, tras los problemas surgidos dos años antes, que obligaron al recuento de miles de votos y la intervención del Tribunal Supremo.

September 8, 2010

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

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:

Date: 29 Aug, 2010

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Organization: Big Apple Performing Arts

August 27, 2010

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:

June 28, 2010

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

Senate to Vote on Groundbreaking Legislation to Create Independent Redistricting Commission


Senate Committee Approves Oppenheimer Co-sponsored Bill

May 11, 2010

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

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

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

Coalition Announces New Statewide Campaign To End Prison-Based Gerrymandering Before 2010 Census

Rev. Al Sharpton, Sen. Eric Schneiderman, Assm. Hakeem Jeffries Join Forces With Coalition To Announce New Statewide Campaign To End Prison-Based Gerrymandering Before 2010 Census

January 28, 2010
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