"The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it." - Rep. John Lewis
The New York Democratic Lawyer's Council issues its National Agenda for Improving Access to our Democracy
- Restoring Voting Rights Act (VRA) Pre-Clearance
- Enacting Automatic Voter Registration
- Expanding the Election Period-
- Reducing Barriers to In-Person Voting
- Overhauling Disenfranchisement
- Combatting Gerrymandering
The Queens Huddle supports the passage of the following bills by the New York State Legislature:
Voter Empowerment Act of New York (A2278/S3304): This bill would modernize New York registration by: (1) Automating registration for consenting eligible voters at designated agencies; (2) Transferring the registration of voters who who move between counties; (3) Pre-registering 16 and 17 year-olds so they can vote at age at 18; (4)Permitting registration or party enrollment changes up to the constitutional minimum of ten days before an election; (5) Providing an online voter registration option and improving online/phone services so voters can easily verify and correct their registration; (6) Improving privacy and security of voters' personal information; (7) Protecting voters who claim to have registered at a designated agency if a registration omission occurs on Election Day (via an affidavit); and, (8) Requiring college and public schools to provide registration forms to students.
No Excuse Absentee Voting (A7623/S840): If enacted, this bill would provide all New York voters with the convenience of vote-by-mail or early in-person voting options. States that have enacted early voting and no excuse absentee voting have experienced sustained increases in turnout.
Early Voting (A02064/S2950): This bill would amend the Election Law to provide all eligible New Yorkers who are registered to vote with seven days to vote early in any general, primary, or special election starting the eighth day before Election Day. This legislation requires that counties must have at least one early voting site for every 50,000 registered voters. Currently, 37 states offer some form of Early Voting. Early voting improves voter access and reduces the time spent in line voting on Election Day.
"Voting is the Cornerstone of Our Democracy, and no one should have to choose between exercising their sacred right to vote and going to work, school or personal commitments." - Governor Cuomo February 12, 2018.
Electronic Poll Books (A05547/S2788): This Bill paves the way streamlining our voting process on Election Day by updating language in the law to allow the use of electronic voter lists. Currently, 27 states use Electronic Poll Books in all or part of their state. The use of Electronic Poll Books can result in faster check-in time at the polling place.