New York Needs Voting Reform
Updated: Jan 12, 2019
from League of Women Voters email (1/11/2019)
Voting Reform Package: January 14th
After more than three decades of advocating, the New York State legislature will finally pass a package of comprehensive voting reforms that will totally transform New York's election operations!
This package will include:
Same day voter registration
No-excuse absentee voting
Pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds
State-wide voter registration transfer
Closure of the LLC loophole
We are absolutely thrilled to see these reforms pass so early in the legislative session. Here is a brief overview of how things will play out on Monday:
The Senate Committee on Election Law will meet at 10:30 am to move the bills. From there, the bills will be put through the Rules Committee and eventually make their way to the Senate floor for passage. Once passed in the Senate, the bills will be sent to the Assembly.
The Assembly will convene at 1:00 pm and take up the bills in their own Election Law Committee. After they've passed through committee, the bills will be brought to the floor to be debated. We anticipate many hours of debate on this package of reforms. Members opposed to the bills will want to have their comments on the official record.
After passage in both houses, the bills and amendments will be sent off to the Governor to be signed into law.
You can watch the Senate proceedings live here.
Assembly proceedings can be viewed live here.
Although this is a fantastic start of our legislative session, our work is far from over. Once these reforms pass, we will begin advocating for state funding to implement these proposals. We will be reviewing any proposed regulations to the policies and giving input when necessary.
From Dec 8, 2018
New York still votes like it's 1890. Yes, New York. As a direct result, NY is among the bottom in voter turnout across all 50 states. We rank below Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana.
What does comprehensive voting reform look like?
Stay tuned for actions and alerts. The new unified majority, that we have helped elect, in New York State has chosen voting reform as one of their top priorities - because of the work we have done to bring this issue front and center. Now we must make sure that comprehensive, equitable and impactful legislation is passed. We need to remind the Governor, Assembly, and Senate that we want to see comprehensive and progressive voting reform as the top priority in 2019.