Fostering A Vibrant Democracy Through Elections Reform

Voter turnout in 2008 tells the story of the state of registration and election laws in New York. According to data compiled by George Mason University, New York’s 58% turnout rate of voting eligible population for the 2008 general election was 43rd in the nation—or 7th worst.

New York’s laws governing voter registration and casting a ballot are among the most restrictive in the nation.  The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before an election, even though the limit under the state Constitution is 10 days. Unlike New York, 31 states offer early voting and a similar number allow no-excuse absentee voting.

Voter registration and other election-related laws matter because they have a direct impact on voter turnout, the lynchpin to a vibrant democracy.  Yet, as noted in The Right to Vote by Alexander Keyssar, a professor of at Harvard’s Kennedy School, voter registration laws at the turn of the 19th century were crafted in some states as a means to disenfranchise segments of the population that included minorities, the less educated and the poor.

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Swine Flu/H1N1 Information

With recent news that swine flu has been confirmed in 10 different states, including New York, and that it may be spreading, the public is right to be concerned.

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SENATOR GOLDEN DONATES SIGN TO COMMEMORATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS TO FORT HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) recently donated a sign which has been installed under the scoreboard at the Fort Hamilton High School field which reads, “New York City Public Schools Athletic League Champions, 2005-2006 Back to Back Undefeated”.

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State Senator Martin J. Golden honors Bay Ridge Prep basketball team

New York State Senator Martin J.

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BONACIC: “STATE DEMOCRAT BOSSES TO MID-HUDSON: DROP DEAD”

May 6, 2009:  After a secret conference behind closed doors, three New York City Democrats abandoned a plan to only charge Orange County businesses with a portion of their payroll tax and have now decided to hit local businesses with the same tax rate businesses in the City and immediate suburbs will pay.

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LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE FOR TITLE “STATE SENATOR FOR A DAY”

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today is announcing that the finalists have been selected in his 7th Annual "State Senator For A Day" essay contest.

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Senate Votes on MTA Bailout and Reform Package

Legislation will fundamentally change the way the MTA operates and prevent devastating fare hikes and services cuts

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate today will vote on the Senate’s MTA bailout and reform package that will save straphangers from costly fare hikes and crippling service cuts, while also finally enacting much-needed oversight and accountability to an agency that has demonstrated poor fiscal management and dubious accounting practices. At the Senate’s demands, a forensic audit will be conducted by an outside body.

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EMPIRE ZONE “FIX LEGISLATION” NEEDED TO PROTECT BUSINESSES AND JOBS IN WESTERN NEW YORK

Letter To Governor, Majority Leader & Speaker Calls AttentionTo Gouging Businesses for Interest-Free Loans

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