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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:


All eligible persons can register to vote easily


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


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

NYDLC Statement on Failure to Include Election Law Reform in NYS Budget

NEW YORK – The New York State Budget enacted over the weekend (April 9-10) included several bold new initiatives and much-needed reforms, but failed to include critical election law reform proposals.

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Weds. Apr. 26th: NYDLC Steering Committee Meeting

Attend NYDLC's next Steering Committee Meeting! RSVP below

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: If you are unable to attend in person, you are welcome to join by phone.

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).


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.

April 26, 2017 at 6:30pm
Squire Patton Boggs
30 Rockefeller Plz
23rd floor
New York, NY 10112
United States
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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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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!

May 23, 2017 at 7am
NYDLC Pro-Voter Albany Advocacy Day Trip
Car and Bus caravan departs from NYC (TBD)
New York, NY
United States
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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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NYDLC’S Jarret Berg Discusses Voting Rights with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

On August 23, NYDLC’s Executive Director Jarret Berg, Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams, and Brennan Center Counsel Adam Gitlin joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to discuss voting rights on Represent NYC.



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NYDLC Testimony re Ensuring the Integrity of Elections

On Tuesday, 11/29/16, NYDLC submitted testimony to the New York State Assembly Election Law Committee and Subcommittee, as part of its hearing on Ensuring the Integrity of Elections. Read NYDLC's full testimony!

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Letter from the Editor: Nov. 10th

Longtime NYDLC member Howard Leib discusses the continued struggle voting rights. Tuesday night was devastating. We are faced with the prospect of a GOP Presidency, Congress and, due to the unprecedented Senate power grab, a GOP Supreme Court. 
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