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We are a coalition of lawyers and others dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that:

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All eligible persons can register to vote easily

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All registered voters are able to vote simply, fairly, and without intimidation

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All votes are counted and all voting systems are open and reliable

NYDLC & Pro-Voter Advocates Press Albany for Election Modernization in April 1st NYS Budget

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is calling on all New Yorkers who support protecting voting rights and modernizing our elections to take action by making 11 phone calls to key New York lawmakers every day until the April 1st state budget deadline, and to encourage those in their networks and other like-minded groups to ask their members to do the same. 

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Take Action Every Day Between Now and April 1st:
Tell Albany NY Needs Election Reform Now!

We must show our support for pro-voter election reform priorities and demand that state funding be included to make them a reality this year.

Will you help by making the following 11 phone calls each day between now and April 1st?
(We've included a basic call and email script below. Please call both the Albany and District offices for each (11 calls total), and then follow up with an email)

    • 1) This lookup tool gives you contact info for your state Senator and Assemblymember. Call each of them in the Albany and District offices;
    • 2) Call and email Governor Andrew Cuomo. Tell him you support his pro-voter budget proposal and want to see it funded and enacted: 518-474-1041 (press 1); email: gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us;
    • 3) Call and email Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Tell him you support the Assembly's pro-voter budget proposal and want to see it funded and enacted: Albany: 518-455-3791; District Office: 718-654-6539; Email: Speaker@nyassembly.gov;
    • 4) Call and email State Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein and insist that he prioritize pro-voter election reform in the state budget due Apr. 1st: Albany: (518) 455-3595; District Office: (718) 822-2049 Email: Jdklein@nysenate.gov;
    • 5) Call and email GOP State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and insist that he prioritize pro-voter election reform in the state budget: Albany: (518) 455-2071; District Office: (631) 361-2154 Email: Flanagan@nysenate.gov

Phone Script
(for calls to lawmakers and leaving messages)

     Hello, My name is __________. I am a New York voter and your constituent.

     I am calling today to tell you how important it is to me that you and your colleagues enact and fund early voting and automatic voter registration in the State Budget due April 1st. These proposals have broad support and are commonsense approaches to modernizing New York's elections. Our outdated election laws are barriers to voting that amount to voter suppression, and the best chance to remedy that now is to enact voting reform in the budget.

     *You can add an anecdote about how early voting or modernizing our registration system would make voting more convenient for you.

     I will be paying close attention to the release of the April 1st budget and will keep your position on voting rights in mind when I cast my vote during the next election. Thank you for your time.

Email Script

     Dear Assemblymember/Senator/Governor __________,

     My name is ____________. I am a New York voter and your constituent. I am writing you today to tell you how important it is to me that you and your colleagues enact and fund early voting and comprehensive automatic voter registration in this year's State Budget.

     These proposals have broad support and are commonsense approaches to modernizing New York's elections. Our outdated election laws are barriers to voting that amount to voter suppression, and the best chance to remedy that now is to enact voting reform in the budget.

     Our state consistently ranks among the worst states in voter turnout. In the 2014 midterms, only 29% of New York's voting-age citizens voted-the state's lowest turnout in 40 years. As many as 40% of citizens of voting age in New York, or 5.5 million people, were not registered to vote as of 2014. This registration rate puts New York in the bottom third of the country.

     *You can add an anecdote about how early voting or modernizing our registration system would make voting more convenient for you.

     I will be paying close attention to the release of the state budget and will keep your position on voting rights in mind when I cast my vote during the next election.

     Thank you and regards, /S/

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4/5: NYDLC Constitutional Convention Working Group Meeting

 Join NYDLC on Weds, April 5th for our Next Constitutional Convention Working Group Meeting! 

Please RSVP below. Members are also welcome to call in to the meeting. Dial in credentials will be emailed to all RSVPs

Section 2 of Article XIX of New York State's constitution provides that every twenty years, at the general election (November 2017), the question “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” must be placed on the ballot. If a majority of voters approve, the following year (November 2018), the voters of every State Senate district in New York shall elect three delegates as well as fifteen delegates-at-large, who will then convene in Albany in April (April 2, 2019) to consider amendments to the NYS Constitution. Any amendments proposed at the convention must then be subsequently ratified or defeated by New York voters at the subsequent November election. 

Although NYDLC has not taken an official position on the question of whether or not to there should be a Constitutional Convention in 2017, we believe it is important to educate the public and raise awareness about the ballot question, and to discuss, research, and prepare proposals that align with NYDLC's pro-voter mission, in the event that a majority of New Yorkers decide in favor of the November 2017 question. We encourage all members to take a look at the following resources on this issue: 

Several NYDLC pro-voter legislative priorities currently implicate the NYS Constitution, insofar as certain election-related issues (eg. what is the latest voter registration deadline permissible?; who qualifies for an absentee ballot?) are inscribed there. If given the opportunity, what should New York's Constitution say about voting rights? Join the Working Group and help us decide.  

Please RSVP below. Members are also welcome to call in to the meeting. Dial in credentials will be emailed to all RSVPs

WHEN
April 05, 2017 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry
40 Wall St
53rd Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States
Google map and directions
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4/4: NYDLC Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

 4/4: Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting--RSVP below!

Join NYDLC's Legislative Affairs Committee to discuss our Pro-Voter Election Reform Agenda. At this meeting, we will focus on:

  • Planning and preparing for multiple pro-voter advocacy days in Albany
  • Developing memos in support of our pro-voter election reform agenda
  • Finalizing our National Voting Rights Agenda
  • Coordinating rapid response and other messaging opportunities

         We are proud that many prominent N.Y. Democrats have called for pro-voter election reforms in 2017. Now that our issues have their attention, we need to have their back, and we must keep them focused on strengthening voting rights by modernizing voter registration and election administration processes. 

         NYDLC continues to advocate for convenient pro-voter reforms like bringing Early Vote to New York (a goal NYDLC has pursued for several years), revolutionizing the way we register voters by enacting a system of automatic voter registration, same-day registration, simplified ballot design, registration portability, online registration, pre-registration for the next generation of voters, and more. 

         NYDLC will also be rolling out a National Voting Rights Agenda, which identifies several top priorities that, if adopted nationwide, would enhance our democracy by making our electoral process fairer, more inclusive, and more accessible to the ~50 million eligible voters who are not currently registered to vote.

         But these are big priorities, and we can't achieve them without your relentless dedication, active participation, and continued support. RSVP below to join our next meeting. 

Dial in option: If you can't attend in person, all members are welcome to join the meeting by phone. Please RSVP below and you will receive credentials for the call by email.

WHEN
April 04, 2017 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Squire Patton Boggs
30 Rockefeller Plz
Fl. 23
New York, NY 10112
United States
Google map and directions
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JOIN NYDLC & PRO-VOTER ADVOCATES AT 3/19 BATTERY PARK "RALLY TO #RESIST VOTER SUPPRESSION"

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) strongly encourages members of our voting rights coalition and all New Yorkers who care about voting rights to attend the RALLY TO RESIST VOTER SUPPRESSION this Sunday, March 19th at 2 p.m. at Battery Park in Manhattan.

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5/23: Pro-Voter Albany Advocacy Day

Join NYDLC as we travel to Albany for Pro-Voter Advocacy Day!

        Visit the Capitol and hone your advocacy skills in meetings with influential policymakers and legislative staff. Stand up for voting rights by educating our representatives about NYDLC's pro-voter priorities and persuading them to support and help enact key reforms to modernize the way we register to vote, how we participate in elections, how ballots are counted, and more.

        For years, NYDLC and good government groups have decried New York's outdated election law. During 2016, we all witnessed the consequences of failing to modernize our registration and administration system, which resulted in the victimization of tens of thousands of perfectly eligible New York voters. Voting should be a convenient and accessible process and voters should be encouraged to participate in our democracy by having fair access to the ballot, with effective safeguards to protect fundamental civil rights.

        We are proud that so many prominent N.Y. Democrats have called for pro-voter election reforms in 2017. Now that our issues have their attention, we need to have their backs, and we must keep them focused on strengthening voting rights by modernizing voter registration and election administration processes. 

        Our 2017 agenda is still being finalized, but in the past NYDLC has advocated for policies to modernize how we register to vote (eg: automatic registration, same-day registration, online registration, pre-registration for the next generation of voters); how we cast ballots (eg: early voting (a goal NYDLC has pursued for several years), universal mail-voting options, ballot-on-demand vote centers, etc.); a system of registration portability so eligible voters stay registered when they move, simplified ballot design, voter intimidation/suppression safeguards and more. 

        If adopted, these policies would enhance our democracy by making our electoral process fairer, more inclusive, and more accessible to millions of eligible New Yorkers. But these are big priorities, and we can't achieve them without your relentless dedication, active participation, and continued support. RSVP below to join us on our May 23rd Pro-Voter Albany Advocacy Day trip and be the change!

WHEN
May 23, 2017 at 7am
WHERE
NYDLC Pro-Voter Albany Advocacy Day Trip
Car and Bus caravan departs from NYC (TBD)
New York, NY
United States
Google map and directions
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Weds. 3/29: NYDLC Steering Committee Meeting (ATTEND IN PERSON)

ATTEND IN-PERSON RSVP:

Attend NYDLC's next Steering Committee Meeting! RSVP below

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND IN PERSON, PLEASE RSVP BELOW

(Due to limited space, if you intend to dial-in by phone to join the meeting, please RSVP here instead)

NYDLC's Steering Committee sets the platform and agenda for all of our projects and initiatives. The Steering Committee meeting is open to all members who would like to be more involved or to those who are new to NYDLC and would like to find out more about our work. At each meeting, we hear reports from all of our Committee Chairs and plan for the months ahead.

All NYDLC members are welcome to attend: To Join NYDLC as a member, please click here. (NYDLC always provides up to a 100% exemption policy for those unable to pay).

Note: 2017 is an "election year" for NYDLC Officers and Elections will be held at the March 29th Steering Committee meeting. Pursuant to NYDLC's Constitution, all are welcome to attend, but to vote on 3/29: members must be in good standing (paid dues or sought exemption) by March 29th and must have attended any 2 of the prior 4 Steering Committee meetings (in person or by phone). Those 4 meetings are: 1) September 2016 Steering, 2) January 2017 and 3) February 2017 Steering meetings, and the February 2017 Strategic Planning Retreat. If you are not sure whether you qualify, please contact Info@NYDLC.org.

To nominate someone for an Officer Position (Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, or Regional Vice President), please send an email to info@NYDLC.org that includes the position, nominee's name, contact info, CV, and brief (1-2 ¶) statement of support/interest. Nominations may also be made from the floor on March 29th. 


The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is a coalition of lawyers and voting rights advocates dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that: 

  • 1. All eligible persons can register to vote easily;
  • 2. All registered voters are able to vote conveniently, fairly, without intimidation;
  • 3. All voters are counted accurately and all voting systems are open and reliable.

New to NYDLC? View our 2016 Year in Review here to see what we've been up to.

WHEN
March 29, 2017 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Squire Patton Boggs
30 Rockefeller Plz
23rd floor
New York, NY 10112
United States
Google map and directions
rsvp

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Weds. 3/29: NYDLC Steering Committee Meeting (ATTEND BY PHONE ONLY)

DIAL IN BY PHONE ONLY RSVP:

Call in to NYDLC's next Steering Committee Meeting by phone (only)! RSVP below

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND BY PHONE, PLEASE RSVP BELOW

(Due to limited space, if you want to attend the meeting in person, YOU MUST RSVP here instead)

NYDLC's Steering Committee sets the platform and agenda for all of our projects and initiatives. The Steering Committee meeting is open to all members who would like to be more involved or to those who are new to NYDLC and would like to find out more about our work. At each meeting, we hear reports from all of our Committee Chairs and plan for the months ahead.

Dial-in option: THIS RSVP PAGE IS FOR DIAL-IN ATTENDEES ONLY. RSVP below and you will be emailed dial-in credentials.

All NYDLC members are welcome to attend: To Join NYDLC as a member, please click here. (NYDLC always provides up to a 100% exemption policy for those unable to pay).

Note: 2017 is an "election year" for NYDLC Officers. Elections will be held at the March 29th Steering Committee meeting. Pursuant to NYDLC's Constitution, all are welcome to attend, but to vote on 3/29: members must be in good standing (paid dues or sought exemption) by March 29th and must have attended any 2 of the prior 4 Steering Committee meetings (in person or by phone). Those 4 meetings are: 1) September 2016 Steering, 2) January 2017 and 3) February 2017 Steering meetings, and the February 2017 Strategic Planning Retreat. If you are not sure whether you qualify, please contact Info@NYDLC.org. In order to vote remotely, voting members should plan to have internet access for the first hour of the meeting.

To nominate someone for an Officer Position (Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, or Regional Vice President), please send an email to info@NYDLC.org that includes the position, nominee's name, contact info, CV, and brief (1-2 ¶) statement of support/interest. Nominations may also be made from the floor on March 29th. 


The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is a coalition of lawyers and voting rights advocates dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that: 

  • 1. All eligible persons can register to vote easily;
  • 2. All registered voters are able to vote conveniently, fairly, without intimidation;
  • 3. All voters are counted accurately and all voting systems are open and reliable.

New to NYDLC? View our 2016 Year in Review here to see what we've been up to.

WHEN
March 29, 2017 at 6:30pm
WHERE
n/a this is for dial-in RSVP only. If you want to attend in person, go to: http://nydlc.nationbuilder.com/steering_committee_03292017_inperson
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N.Y. Democratic Lawyers Council Denounces President Trump’s Debunked Voter Fraud Claim

NYDLC denounces the persistent, bizarre, and wholly baseless claims by President Trump that question the legitimacy of his own election. Read the full press release here.

 

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NYDLC's Year in Review: Beyond 2016

NYDLC would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to every lawyer, law student, or voting right advocate who volunteered to help protect the vote in 2016. Check out NYDLC's 2016 Year in Review, and get a preview of what we have planned for 2017!

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