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• Working New Yorkers, parents and students will get a chance to cast their ballot when it's convenient. No one should have to choose between their job and casting their vote.
• Voters who are seniors or disabled and need to arrange for assistance getting to the polls will have the opportunity to do so.
• Voting would be more accessible for all eligible citizens across New York State, whether they live in a rural area, suburban town or crowded city.
• It isn’t a Democrat or Republican idea: 37 other states and D.C. have it, so why not NY?
• Early voting would ease pressure on poll sites and workers, save time on Election Day, reduce registration errors, and improve voter satisfaction.
Too many New Yorkers are blocked from voting because our state's registration system isn't up to date.
• Automatic Voter Registration would sign up eligible New Yorkers to vote automatically when they visit state government agencies like the DMV, unless they choose to opt out.
• In 2016, the NYC board of elections "illegally purged over 200,000 New Yorkers from the rolls", says NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. AVR would minimize the possibility that this would happen again.
• AVR would add up to 2 million more eligible voters to the rolls by replacing NY's slow and confusing registration process.
• Improves the security and accuracy of voter rolls by making sure registrations are complete and stay updated.
• Saves taxpayer money by freeing up time administrators use to manually input voter information.
• 10 states & DC have AVR. Why not NY?
NEW YORKERS WANT AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION
New Yorkers on parole should have the opportunity to become fully engaged members of their community.
• Nearly 50,000 New Yorkers are prevented from voting in NY elections, despite raising families & paying taxes.
• Re-enfranchising people helps both the individual and the community. People who vote after release from supervision are half as likely to be rearrested.
• The law disproportionately disenfranchises Black and Latinx New Yorkers, 3/4 of whom are on parole.
• 1 out of 24 black voters are disenfranchised in NY versus 1 out of 121 New Yorkers overall.
• 16 states and D.C. restore voting rights after the term of incarceration. Why not NY?
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 YORKERS WANT THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THEIR PARTY REGISTRATION CLOSER TO AN ELECTION, LIKE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY
• Early Voting is a bipartisan issue - it isn’t a Democrat or Republican idea: 37 other states and D.C. have it, so why not NY?
New Yorkers want to have enough information about candidates before choosing a party. Flexibility to change your party affiliation gives registered voters more time to make an informed decision about who they want to vote for.
• In 2016, nearly 3 million New Yorkers weren’t able to cast a vote because they did not change their party affiliation in time. The deadline is 6 months and 10 days before the election. People don’t even know who’s really in the race that far in advance.
• 43 percent of New Yorkers identify as independent voters. This means they don't have a say in the primaries, which often decide the general election in many New York counties.
• New York’s party enrollment registration deadline is by far the most restrictive in the country. To vote in the 2018 primaries, the deadline has already passed. You would have needed to register with a party by October 13, 2017, more than 8 months before the first primary of 2018.
• 49 states have open primaries or allow change of party closer to Election Day. NY is dead last.
New Yorkers want to be sure that their names are on the voter rolls when they go to vote, not wrongly deleted. Electronic poll books are used to verify voter information at polls instead of confusing paper-based lists.
• Electronic poll books would allow for secure, faster and error-free updating of voter data. They are not internet poll books or internet voting; simply a safe, secure and efficient digital voting rolls used to store registration information.
• They improve election day check-in by securely reduce errors in voter data and cutting down on long lines at the polls.
• Eliminate printing and shipping costs, a big savings to New York taxpayers.
• Allow faster updating of voter information for better managed and more accurate voter rolls. An official in Indiana said it now takes two staffers two weeks to enter voting data and could be done electronically in mere minutes with the new system. Imagine that multiplied across all of NY state.
• 34 states have instituted electronic poll books. Why not NY?