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NEW YORKERS WANT EARLY VOTING

NEW YORKERS WANT EARLY VOTING

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No one should have to choose between work, family, and their vote.   • 37 states and D.C. have early voting.  • One day of voting is difficult for New Yorkers who are parents, students, seniors, disabled, or work full time.  • Early voting reduces long lines at the polls and saves time and money.  • Early Voting is needed to make voting equitable and accessible for all eligible New Yorkers.   • The early voting period MUST contain a minimum of 2 weekends and some evening hours.    • Early voting should be funded in the bill itself so that it can pass before budget session and doesn’t have to be fought for in the budget.   •  Early Voting 1-sheet .

No one should have to choose between work, family, and their vote.

• 37 states and D.C. have early voting.

• One day of voting is difficult for New Yorkers who are parents, students, seniors, disabled, or work full time.

• Early voting reduces long lines at the polls and saves time and money.

• Early Voting is needed to make voting equitable and accessible for all eligible New Yorkers.

• The early voting period MUST contain a minimum of 2 weekends and some evening hours.

• Early voting should be funded in the bill itself so that it can pass before budget session and doesn’t have to be fought for in the budget.

Early Voting 1-sheet.


NEW YORKERS WANT AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION

NEW YORKERS WANT AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION

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Too many New Yorkers are blocked from voting because our state's registration system isn't up to date.   • 17 states and DC have automatic voter registration.  • AVR would sign up eligible New Yorkers to vote automatically when they visit state government agencies like the DMV, unless they choose to opt out.  • AVR would minimize the possibility of future illegal voter purges and add up to 2 million more eligible voters to the rolls.   • Let NY Vote will only accept AVR implemented at government agencies not limited to the DMV - e.g. Medicaid, etc - because many New Yorkers don’t drive.    • Let NY Vote intends to be part of the legislative discussion and bill drafting so AVR details are properly calibrated for New York.   •  AVR 1-sheet.

Too many New Yorkers are blocked from voting because our state's registration system isn't up to date.

• 17 states and DC have automatic voter registration.

• AVR would sign up eligible New Yorkers to vote automatically when they visit state government agencies like the DMV, unless they choose to opt out.

• AVR would minimize the possibility of future illegal voter purges and add up to 2 million more eligible voters to the rolls.

• Let NY Vote will only accept AVR implemented at government agencies not limited to the DMV - e.g. Medicaid, etc - because many New Yorkers don’t drive.

• Let NY Vote intends to be part of the legislative discussion and bill drafting so AVR details are properly calibrated for New York.

AVR 1-sheet.


NEW YORKERS WANT THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THEIR PARTY REGISTRATION CLOSER TO AN ELECTION, LIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY

NEW YORKERS WANT THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THEIR PARTY REGISTRATION CLOSER TO AN ELECTION, LIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY

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New Yorkers want to have enough information about candidates before choosing a party.   • 49 states have open primaries or allow a change of party close to Election Day.  • In 2016, 3 million New Yorkers couldn’t cast a presidential primary vote because they did not change their party affiliation in time.  • 43 percent of New Yorkers identify as independent voters. This means they do not get to vote in the primaries.   • The change of party deadline must be shortened to allow people to make an informed decision when they vote.   •  Flexibility to Change Party Affiliation 1-sheet.

New Yorkers want to have enough information about candidates before choosing a party.

• 49 states have open primaries or allow a change of party close to Election Day.

• In 2016, 3 million New Yorkers couldn’t cast a presidential primary vote because they did not change their party affiliation in time.

• 43 percent of New Yorkers identify as independent voters. This means they do not get to vote in the primaries.

• The change of party deadline must be shortened to allow people to make an informed decision when they vote.

Flexibility to Change Party Affiliation 1-sheet.


NEW YORKERS WANT VOTING RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE ON PAROLE

NEW YORKERS WANT VOTING RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE ON PAROLE

New York's voting laws affect the rest of the country with a wide reaching ripple effect.   When brought to court for voter suppression, states such as Ohio and North Carolina have used New York as an excuse for making it more difficult to cast a vote. Their reason: if a progressive state like New York doesn't allow early voting, why do they need to?

New York's voting laws affect the rest of the country with a wide reaching ripple effect.

When brought to court for voter suppression, states such as Ohio and North Carolina have used New York as an excuse for making it more difficult to cast a vote. Their reason: if a progressive state like New York doesn't allow early voting, why do they need to?

New Yorkers on parole should have the opportunity to become fully engaged members of their community.   • 16 states and DC restore voting rights post-incarceration.  • Re-enfranchisement, especially when automatic, helps both the individual and the community.  • New York, through executive order, has granted voting pardons to people on parole to allow them to vote.  • This executive order does not fully address the situation.   • Restoring voting rights for people on parole needs to be codified in law this year, so that restoration is automatic and does not require additional steps other than to re-register.    • It must include and fund implementation, education, information and directions in alternative formats.    • This is only the first step toward ensuring that New Yorkers incarcerated for a felony conviction never lose the right to vote.   •  Restoring Voting Rights to People on Parole 1-sheet.

New Yorkers on parole should have the opportunity to become fully engaged members of their community.

• 16 states and DC restore voting rights post-incarceration.

• Re-enfranchisement, especially when automatic, helps both the individual and the community.

• New York, through executive order, has granted voting pardons to people on parole to allow them to vote.

• This executive order does not fully address the situation.

• Restoring voting rights for people on parole needs to be codified in law this year, so that restoration is automatic and does not require additional steps other than to re-register.

• It must include and fund implementation, education, information and directions in alternative formats.

• This is only the first step toward ensuring that New Yorkers incarcerated for a felony conviction never lose the right to vote.

Restoring Voting Rights to People on Parole 1-sheet.


NEW YORKERS WANT ONE CONSOLIDATED PRIMARY DAY

NEW YORKERS WANT ONE CONSOLIDATED PRIMARY DAY

New York is the only state with two primary days. Get it together, NY!   • New York is the only state with two different primary days for federal and state elections.  • New York holds its congressional primary several months before its state primaries.  • Having two primary dates doubles the cost of running primary elections - consolidating them would save $50m every 2 years.  • It’s confusing to voters and depresses turnout.   • It’s time for New York to act responsibly and hold one primary for congressional and state offices.    • The debate is whether a single primary should be in June or August; Let NY Vote prefers June and intends to be part of the legislative discussion.

New York is the only state with two primary days. Get it together, NY!

• New York is the only state with two different primary days for federal and state elections.

• New York holds its congressional primary several months before its state primaries.

• Having two primary dates doubles the cost of running primary elections - consolidating them would save $50m every 2 years.

• It’s confusing to voters and depresses turnout.

• It’s time for New York to act responsibly and hold one primary for congressional and state offices.

• The debate is whether a single primary should be in June or August; Let NY Vote prefers June and intends to be part of the legislative discussion.


NEW YORKERS WANT SAME-DAY REGISTRATION

NEW YORKERS WANT SAME-DAY REGISTRATION

It’s time to amend NY’s constitution to allow Same Day Voter Registration and boost our state’s woefully low voter turnout and allow voters to correct inaccuracies or make changes in their voter registration when they go to vote.   • 18 states and DC have Same Day Registration  • Same Day Registration enables voters to register and vote at the same time  • Same Day Registration increases voter turnout (and is most effective when combined with Early Voting)

It’s time to amend NY’s constitution to allow Same Day Voter Registration and boost our state’s woefully low voter turnout and allow voters to correct inaccuracies or make changes in their voter registration when they go to vote.

• 18 states and DC have Same Day Registration

• Same Day Registration enables voters to register and vote at the same time

• Same Day Registration increases voter turnout (and is most effective when combined with Early Voting)

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NEW YORKERS WANT VOTER FRIENDLY BALLOTS

NEW YORKERS WANT VOTER FRIENDLY BALLOTS

NY voters never know if they will be able to read the ballot when they vote.

• Ballots can have a miniscule 6-point type size and be impossible for many New Yorkers to read without a magnifying glass.

• NY’s ballots are littered with antiquated requirements, like a hand icon pointing to candidates’ names, that make the ballot confusing.

• New Yorkers shouldn’t have to worry that they voted incorrectly because the ballot is confusing.

• There was a bill pending, The Voter Friendly Ballot Act, written in consultation with specialists in the fields of graphic design, user experience, and disability accommodation amongst others, which should become law in 2019.