the senate must vote

The SCOTUS decision allowing Ohio elections officials to purge voters who skip elections is a sobering reminder that our right to vote cannot be taken for granted. Voting restrictions are being imposed on states all across the country, and here in New York, where we have no Early Voting period, unnecessary voter registration rules and antiquated voting laws, voter suppression is "grandfathered in."

The New York legislative session ends June 20. The Senate could vote on 2 voting reform bills, S3304A (AVR+) and S7400A (Early Voting) — but only if they are brought to the floor for a vote. Right now they are stuck in the Rules Committee, the last stop in the process before being brought before the full senate. We need to tell our senators to Let New York Vote!

Here's What You Can Do

 
 

CALL Governor Cuomo (518) 474-8390

I’m a New Yorker; my zip code is [ ]. Governor Cuomo says he supports voting reform but no bills have passed in the last 8 years under his leadership. Now there are 2 voting reform bills, S7400A, Early Voting, and S3304A, Voter Empowerment Act, stuck in the Senate Rules Committee. I’m asking Governor Cuomo to tell the state senate he wants to see these bills voted on by the full senate. Automatic voter registration, pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, changing the deadline for switching party registration, and early voting are all crucial reforms needed to give eligible New Yorkers better access to the polls.

If the governor is serious about voting reforms, this is the best opportunity to get them done.
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CALL Majority leader FLANAGAN

(518) 455-2071 | (631) 361-2154

"I’m a NY resident, my zip code is [    ]. Elections are the lifeblood of our democracy and it should be easier for New Yorkers to register and vote. I would like to see bills S3304A and S7400A brought to the senate floor for a vote. Automatic voter registration, pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds, an earlier deadline for change of party registration, and early voting are all crucial reforms needed to give eligible New Yorkers better access to the polls. 

New Yorkers are counting on Senator Flanagan to bring these bills to the floor for a vote."


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call deputy majority leader defrancisco

(518) 455-3511 | (315) 428-7632

"I’m a NY resident, my zip code is [    ]. New York’s voting laws are in desperate need of being updated. I would like to see bills S3304A and S7400A brought to the senate floor for a vote. Automatic voter registration, pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, changing the deadline for switching party registration, and early voting are all crucial reforms needed to give eligible New Yorkers better access to the polls. We need 21st-century voting laws and New York is stuck in the 19th century.

New Yorkers are asking Deputy Majority Leader DeFrancisco to bring these bills to the floor for a vote."
 


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call your state senator

(518) 455-2800 | Search their direct numbers

"I’m Senator [name}’s constituent; I live in [      ]. Two great voting reforms, S7400A, Early Voting, and S3304A, Voter Empowerment Act, were referred from the Elections Committee to the Rules Committee. New York’s voting laws haven’t been updated in more than 100 years. Automatic voter registration, pre-registration of 16- and 17-year-olds, changing the deadline for switching party registration, and early voting are all crucial reforms needed to give eligible New Yorkers better access to the polls. This is the closest such reforms have ever progressed through the state senate. 

What can the senator do to demand that these bills are brought to the floor for a vote by the whole senate?"
 


write a letter to your local paper

After you make your calls, write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper explaining why you called and why it’s important for the senate to be allowed to vote on these bills. Be sure to name drop Senator Flanagan, Senator DeFrancisco, and your state senator in the letter — they love to see their names in print. Need inspiration? Check out our News page for recent letters and op-eds from across the state. We also have Toolkits to get you started and engage your community.