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NYDLC's 2017 New York State Pro-Voter Legislative Agenda
Legislation to Reduce Barriers to Participation: Modernize and Streamline Voter Registration
~ Voter Empowerment Act of NY A2278 (Kavanagh) / S3304 (Gianaris) Streamlines registration by enacting: (1) automatic registration for eligible consenting NYers who interact with government agencies; (2) “portability”, so registration transfers across counties when a voter moves; (3) pre-registration of 16- and 17-yearolds in high school; (4) later deadlines—allow registration or party enrollment updates until the NYS Constitutional minimum of ten days before an election; (5) online registration; 6) safeguards for voters’ personal info; 7) improved affidavit ballots to protect voting rights; and, 8) requirement that schools/colleges provide registration.
~ Youth Pre–Registration A1070 (Kavanagh) / S1661 (Carlucci) Permits pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds. At age 18, residency is verified before new voters are added to the rolls, reducing hurdles to participation.
~ Registration Transfers when Voters Move A3411 (Kavanagh) / S1732A (Carlucci) Keeps voters on the rolls when they move within NYS by automatically transferring registration to the voter’s new county or city Board of Elections.
~ Online Voter Registration A5382 (Cusick) / S5115 (Avella) Modernizes our paper-based registration by allowing NYers to apply online including an electronic signature, which the AG has said is valid under NY law.
~ Electronic Poll Books A5547 (Cusick) / S2788 (Akshar) Modernizes and improves elections by allowing poll workers to check-in voters at their poll site using a laptop or tablet, saving time, resources, and improving accuracy.
~ Same-Day Registration and Voting A4358 (Kavanagh) / S4790 (Squadron) Provides busy NYers with a one-stop registration and voting option on Election Day, improving access to participation, safeguarding civil rights, and curing clerical errors.
~ New York Votes Act A5312 (Cusick) This Bill comprehensively overhauls NYS voter registration and elections! Highlights: (1) Automatic and same-day registration, in-state portability, later registration deadline (10 days; shorter enrollment change deadline (120 days)); (2) Improves voting process (e.g. early voting including weekends, no excuse absentee ballots and online requests), and (3) Removing barriers to voting (language accessibility, parolee voting, anti-suppression safeguards to ensure only good-faith challenges and oversight to third-party mail-checks); 4) Professionalized, required training for local election administrators and broader poll worker recruitment; 5) consolidates state/fed primaries; 6) State reimbursement of local costs for early voting and language access.
Legislation to Improve Access to the Ballot:
Reasonable Opportunities to Exercise Fundamental Rights
~ Early Voting A2064 (Kavanagh) / S2950 (Stewart-Cousins) Provides busy NYers with an opportunity to vote early during seven days before any election. Counties must provide at least one early vote site per fifty thousand voters.
~ No-Excuse Absentee Voting A7623 (Vanel) / S840 (Comrie) Expands convenient absentee voting to all NYers so they can vote by mail or in-person ahead of Election Day. Today, only voters who meet limited criteria are eligible.
Legislation to Prevent Voter Suppression and Ensure Due Process
~ AG Pre-Clearance of Voting Regs + Policies A5925 (Walker) / S6164 (Hamilton) Inspired by the oversight protections of the Federal Voting Rights Act, any changes to voting regs in qualifying counties must first be approved by the NYS Attorney General.
~ Universal Attorney Poll Watchers A4984 (Weprin) / S3405 (Parker) Permits NYS licensed resident attorneys, who are already subject to statewide ethics oversight, to monitor the polls for misconduct as watchers in any New York locality.