NYDLC Steering Committee with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Sign up for Voter Protection TrainingNYDLC will be deploying volunteers to Protect Voter\'s Rights on Election Day, November 4th. Are you willing to volunteer to be at a poll site on the 4th for part of the day to ensure that every individual has the right to cast their ballot?
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Upcoming Training Dates
10/21 - 7:30p Staten Island Democratic HQ
10/21 - 6:30p Squire Patton Boggs, 1185 6th Ave.
10/22 - 6:00p Squire Patton Boggs, 1185 6th Ave.
10/25 - 12:00p Squire Patton Boggs, 1185 6th Ave.
10/25 - 12:00p McCarthy Fingar, White Plains
10/28 - 6:00p McCarthy Fingar, White Plains
10/29 - 8pm Location in Bay Ridge (details TBD)
10/27 - 2pm Dutchess. 33 Garden St. Poughkeepsie, NY
10/25 - 11:00am 1596 Dutch Broadway, Elmont, NY
11/1- 12:00pm McCarthy Fingar, White Plains
Upcoming EventsNext Steering Committee Meeting WEDNESDAY, June 25th.
All members are welcome and encouraged to join us at our monthly planning meeting where we hear updates from committee chairs and plan new projects.
When: Wednesday, June 25th at 6:30pm
Where: Patton Boggs, 1185 6th Ave. NY, NY
RSVP: to firstname.lastname@example.org (for building security)
*Please note that in 2014, Steering Committee Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month.
NYDLC Publishes Report on Early Voting in New York StateNYDLC recently released a report that evaluates the current Early Vote bill before the NYS Senate and Assembly and makes recommendations for how the new law can be improved. In 2015, passing one of the most effective early voting programs in the Nation will be a priority for NYDLC.
Please find the full report by Click Here.
NYDLC Presents Testimony to the New York City Council on Voting and Election AdministrationOn Friday, February 28th, NYDLC Steering Committee member Jarret Berg presented testimony to the New York City Council Government Operations Committee. The testimony, which was written and edited by Jarret, Executive Director Alex Voetsch, Downstate VP Len Kohen, and Legislative Chair Hal Hodes included recommendation for improving poll worker quality, fixing Election Day operations, and increasing access to the polls. Read the full testimony by clicking below.
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Voting Rights News BlogVisit Voting Rights News for up to date news from across the Country.
State Legislative UpdateFollowing the NYDLC’s annual Albany Legislative Advocacy Day on April 16 and our continued work with lawmakers through the end of New York’s legislative session last week, the Assembly passed three of the bills on our legislative platform.
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Co-Chair John Nonna Speaks About Service and JusticeLast Thursday, NYDLC Co-Chair John Nonna was honored by the Westchester County Democratic Committee. He spoke about being committed to public service and justice. Click below to read his full speech which is both inspiring for all who believe in democracy and is a call to action this fall.
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3rd Circuit upholds continuance of RNC Consent DecreeArticle by David Kogelman - On Thursday, March 8th, the 3rd Circuit upheld a consent decree first entered into by the RNC in 1982, which bars it from engaging in “ballot security measures” designed to keep minority members from voting. It is worth reviewing as a reminder of the Republican party’s historical and continuing voter suppression efforts, both on the national and state level, which NYDLC works to prevent.
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Amicus Brief Filed to Help End Prison GerrymanderingThe issue of how to count prisoners in the census is critical to protecting the concept of one person one vote. Senator Martin Malave Dilan has submitted an amicus brief (“friend of court”) to the State Supreme Court in Albany supporting the constitutionality of the 2010 law requiring prisoners to be counted at their prior “homes of record” for state legislative redistricting. The brief was filed by Len Kohen and Jeff Wice who were assisted by Paul Evans and Michael McKenna all NYDLC members working in an individual capacity.
You can view the full amicus brief here.
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The NYDLC Steering Committee With Former DNC Chair Governor Howard Dean, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Westchester County Democratic Chair Reginald LaFayette, and City Council Member Dan Garodnick