Issues: Elections

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Lever Machine Voting in NYC

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation (S4088C), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would allow New York City to use mechanical lever voting machines in both the primary a

June 20, 2013
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Rally Against 'Legalized Bribery' (Source: Legislative Gazette)

Source: Legislative Gazette

Dozens of protesters donned dollar bill costumes and took to the Capitol lawn last Wednesday in the hope of getting the Fair Elections Act (S.4705-a) to the floor of the Senate before the end of the session.

The protest was comprised of several different groups including the Fair Elections for New York campaign, the anti-corruption group Represent. Us and Stamp Stampede, an organization that stamps anti-bribery messages onto dollar bills.

June 17, 2013
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Senator O'Brien applauds A.G.'s disclosure rules

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien expressed his strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s new disclosure requirements for shadowy nonprofit organizations that abuse their status to engage in anonymous political campaigning, which took effect yesterday.

Since 2010, these political groups, operating under the cover of 501(c)(4) organization status, have pumped millions of dollars into races at all levels without having to disclose the origin of their funds. In the 2012 campaign, Virginia-based “Common Sense Principles,” a mysterious ‘nonprofit’ group, spent large sums of money in several New York State Senate races, including Senator O’Brien’s.

June 5, 2013
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State Leaders Hopeful For Campaign Finance Reform Deal (Source: NY1.com)

Source: NY1.com

Supporters of publicly financed campaigns filed into the State Capitol Wednesday to lobby for their cause. At times, their arguments were wonky, Other times, less so, such as when some shouted, "Money out, voters in!"

"I'm hoping this is not one of them," said state Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "We all understand the importance of getting people back involved in the process."

June 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Elections Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on ElectionsSenator Thomas O'Mara, ChairOff the Floor, Wednesday, June 5, 2013Room 123 CAP

June 5, 11:00 AM - 11:08 AM
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Grisanti Bill Moving School Board Elections to November Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) today announced that the Senate has passed bill S.868, which calls for moving the election of members of the City of Buffalo School Board from May to November, a measure that he says will improve voter turnout and save taxpayers money.

The bill marks the third time that it has passed the Senate.

Grisanti estimates that his bill would save taxpayers over $100,000 due to elections being condensed to one day in November.  The legislation also calls for extending the terms of current members of the Buffalo School Board to the last day of December rather than June, allowing for future terms of office to run from January through December.

May 30, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO DISCUSSES HIS CONCERNS WITH THE PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS ON YOUR VOICE

On this program of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains his concerns with the public financing of elections.  To watch Your Voice, please click the link provided.

May 21, 2013
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Independent Democratic Conference Hosts Public Hearing on Campaign Finance and Ethics Reform in Albany

ALBANY, NY – Today in the capital, the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference hosted its fourth statewide hearing on campaign finance and ethics reform. At the hearing, experts offered testimony on proposals to publicly finance campaigns, overhaul the state’s porous campaign finance laws, and eliminate conflicts of interests between lobbyists and campaign consultants.

May 20, 2013
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Senator Carlucci Introduces Legislation Expanding Access for Voter Pre-Registration in New York

NEW CITY, NY  – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today announced legislation (S.1992) designed to streamline the voter registration process by allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote at a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles location.  In doing so, younger adults will have more access to different sites to pre-register and are automatically enrolled and registered to vote once they reach the legal age of 18.  The effort is geared towards increasing voter participati

May 19, 2013
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic ConferenceConf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinPublic Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State GovernmentPlace: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 20, 10:30 AM - 1:03 PM
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Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government

Independent Democratic Conference Conf. Leader: Senator Jeffrey D. Klein Public Hearing: Restoring Voters’ Trust in New York State Government Place: 92 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594 Media Contact: Eric Soufer (518) 455-2495 ALL TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT

May 13, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Martins Passes Bill to Make Lever-Style Voting Machines Permanent for Local Elections

State Senator Jack M. Martins, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Local Government, passed a bill in the Senate to allow villages, school districts and special district to continue to use lever-style voting machines for their local elections and votes.

Lever-style voting machines are widely preferred by villages, school districts and special districts because of their ease and availability as opposed to alternatives, which have been found to be prohibitive both in terms of costs and practicality.

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Allow Lever Machine Voting

Legislation Would Allow Machine Voting for NYC Elections;  Also in Villages, School Districts and Special DistrictsThe New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for the use of  lever-style voting machines in non-federal elections in New York City, and in elections held by villages, school districts and special districts.Legislation (S4088B) would allow New York City to use lever voting machines for all non-federal elections, including the upcoming primary, run-off and general elections this fall.  In addition, the bill would to move the date for a potential run-off election in New York City from September 24th to October 1st  to avoid a conflict with the Jewish holiday Sukkot.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bills to Allow Lever Machine Voting

The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for the use of  lever-style voting machines in non-federal elections in New York City, and in elections held by villages, school districts and special districts.Legislation (

May 6, 2013
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislative Reform Package Including Legislation Prohibiting Lobbyists from Engaging in Political Consulting

ALBANY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced a package of legislation aimed at preventing corruption. 

May 6, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Cahill Announce Legislation to Protect New Yorker’s Right to Vote

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, joined by Board of Elections officials from several counties, today announced legislation that would protect New Yorkers’ right to vote and ensure their votes are counted.

One of the measures (S.4270) would prevent affidavit ballots from being disqualified for insignificant, hyper technical reasons, as long as the voter is eligible, registered and in substantial compliance with voting regulations.

“Our democracy will only thrive if citizens participate and vote,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “We should be encouraging residents to get involved in the process and cast their vote, rather than creating unnecessary obstacles that prevent their votes from being counted.”

May 1, 2013
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Senator Carlucci to Host Public Hearing on Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform for New York State in Rockland County

VALLEY COTTAGE, NY  – With numerous reform proposals circulating in the state’s capital, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) today announced that he will be hosting a public hearing in Rockland County into overhauling New York State’s campaign finance and election laws.  The purpose will be to solicit testimony from experts and the general public about the best ways to fix New York State’s outdated electoral system and restore trust in our political process.

April 30, 2013
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Public Hearing: To examine the abuses within New York City's taxpayer funded political campaign system and the implications for state taxpayers if the system were to be expanded statewide.

Senate Standing Committee on ElectionsChair:    Senator Thomas F. O'MaraPublic Hearing:   To examine the abuses within New York City's taxpayer funded political campaign system and the implications for state taxpayers if the system were to be  expanded statewide.Place:    Senate Capitol, Room 124 CAP, Albany, New York, 12247Time:    11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.Contact:    Jim Meddleton (518) 455-2091 or (607) 742-2098Media Contact:    Jim Meddleton (518) 455-2091 or (607) 742-2098ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 7, 11:00 AM - 1:35 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability

Independent Democratic ConferenceSponsor: Senator Jeffrey D. KleinMeeting: Restoring the Voters' Trust in New York State Government: Reforming New York State's Campaign Finance and Election Laws by Increasing Accountability, Closing loopholes, & Implementing Public Finance.Place: 19th Floor Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, New York 10007Time: 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.Contact: Gabriel Paniza (518) 455-3594Media Contact: Eric Sonfer (518) 455-2495; TESTIMONY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING PRIOR TO EVENT.

May 1, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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