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.Read more
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.
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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.
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New York, NY 10112
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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.Read more
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For years, NYDLC and good government groups have decried New York's outdated election law.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!
Car and Bus caravan departs from NYC (TBD)
New York, NY
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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.
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!Read more