21 Sep 2021
Public Hearing: To Review Elections Administration and Voting Rights in New York StateLegislative Office Building
Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12247
Senate Standing Committee on Elections
Chair: Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie
Public Hearing: To Review Elections Administration and Voting Rights in New York State
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12247
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Edline Jacquet, 518-455-2410
Media Contact: Matthew Baer, 202-255-9799
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
SUBJECT: To Review Elections Administration and Voting Rights in New York State
PURPOSE: To solicit testimony, feedback, and recommendations on the 2020 and 2021 elections, including the Primary and General Elections and pending elections legislation. These hearings will also focus on gathering input and suggestions on how to improve New York state election laws and the administration, operations and procedures of local Boards of Elections across the state.
Recent changes in the Election Law, including some prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, have endeavored to make voting in New York easier and more accessible. As a result, voter participation has increased substantially. At the same time, we have seen continued impediments to voting in New York, such as insufficient poll site staffing and long lines across the state during the early voting period, absentee ballot errors, serious administrative challenges to processing and maintaining voter registrations, and other issues. This hearing, as well as others, will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide testimony and respond to concerns that will help make the administration of New York’s elections more efficient, transparent, and in service to the voter.
In addition, these hearings will address recent canvassing and other election administration errors by the New York City Board of Elections and other local Boards of Election across the State. They will focus on bringing accountability to the election administration process across the state with a focus on ensuring that our elections are administered fairly and competently, and that voters' rights are protected.
Providing Testimony to the Committee:
Oral testimony will be by invitation only and will be limited to 5 minutes’ duration. Ten copies (10) of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements. Persons invited to testify should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified of means by which to testify and/or in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.
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