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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.