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Volume 6 Issue 19/May 10, 2010

The Official Newsletter of the New York
Democratic Lawyer's Council

Vol 6, Iss 19 May 10, 2010
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Upcoming Meetings

New York State Democratic Committee Convention

The New York State Democratic Committee Convention will take place from Tuesday, May 25th through Friday, May 27th at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook (near White Plains) in Westchester County. NYDLC will be holding sessions on the new voting technology, and we want to have a strong showing from our members. You MUST have credentials to attend. To obtain credentials fill out the form at this link: http://www.nydems.org/2010site/2010StateConventionLodgingRequestForm.pdf return the form ASAP


NYDLC Fundraising Event - Thursday June 10th

The NYDLC will be joined by Special Guest, NYSDC Chairman Jay Jacobs as we gear up for the 2010 Midterm Elections and our Voter Protection effort.
Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Pledge Your Support Now!
Contact Doug Keith at douglas.keith@nydlc.org
Tickets (admit one): Host $1,000, Co-Host $500, Advocate $250, Associate $125, Student $50

Red Sky Lounge (roofdeck!) DL21C welcomes Regina Calcaterra, NY State Senate Candidate (D-Suffolk)

Regina Calcaterra is running for NY State Senate after spending her career on the side of the "little guy", representing victims of corporate fraud. Her unique personal experience - as a foster child who spend most of her youth in homeless shelters - combined with her deep convictions as a legal representative and advocate - make her one of the brightest stars of our generation here in New York.
Don't miss this chance to meet her on Tuesday - outdoors on the Red Sky roofdeck - see you there!
Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 47 East 29th Street (at Park Ave South; N/R/6 to 28th Street)
To learn more about Regina's campaign, visit www.reginacalcaterra.com
Program begins 7pm
$3 beers; $4 well drinks and Big Apple Martinis!
Free for Annual Members; $7/nonmembers
RSVP at http://dl21c.org/fbevent/1031

President Barack Obama in support of the DCCC

Join the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for an evening fundraiser with President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen, and members of the New York Democratic Congressional Delegation.
Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 6:30pm
St. Regis Hotel Ballroom, 2 E 55th Street, New York, NY
For Details Please Contact Diana Fassbender at 202-485-3438.



SOUTH CAROLINA SHOW US YOUR PAPERS The best efforts of South Carolina Democrats weren't enough to prevent the house from passing a new voter ID bill that requires government issued photo ID to vote. The GOPers also cut back the proposed early voting period from the 12 days in the Senate bill to just 3 days.


NATIONAL - THE VOTE IS IN THE MAIL A group of Democratic Senators, including Oregon's Ron Wydemn, have introduced a bill to make it easier for states to conduct elections by mail. Wyden is the first US Senator elected completely by mailed ballots. The legislation would mandate no fault absentee ballots in all states and provide grants to states or localities that wanted to institute a vote by mail program.


NATIONAL - SOLICITING THE SOLICITOR ALast week, the Supreme Court held over the issue of denial of voting rights to inmates. The Court is seeking the views of the US Solicitor General. After that input is received, the Justices will decide whether to take the case of Simmons, et al. v Galvin.

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is a group of Democratic lawyers and voting rights activists, affiliated with the National Lawyers Council of the Democratic National Committee, volunteering their legal skills to strengthen the democratic process. We work to ensure that every eligible citizen is allowed to vote and that every vote cast in every election is counted. The NYDLC was formed out of a concern that voting rights are increasingly under attack in our country and an understanding that now is the time to put the skills of Democratic attorneys to work to ensure that every citizen's right to vote will be upheld in future elections. Our activities include advocating for better laws and regulations and initiating litigation when necessary to guarantee the fairness of and the widest participation in the U.S. electoral process.

The Democratic Lawyers Council was founded by attorneys who have served on the front line of election law for the Democratic Party in numerous elections, including most recently, the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. The lesson learned from the recount debacle was that post-election day litigation will hardly ever fix any election injustice. Given that, many of the recount lawyers, particularly those based in Florida, engineered a comprehensive voter protection program to confront and deal with voter and election issues before Election Day. One aspect of this effort was the recruitment of 3200 lawyers who, after receiving specialized election law and procedures training, worked inside the polls in key precincts in Florida on Election Day to assure that every citizen who showed up to vote, was able to do so.

Our mission statement is simple: We are a coalition of lawyers and others dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that:

  • All eligible persons can register to vote easily,
  • All registered voters are able to vote simply, fairly, and without intimidation, and
  • All votes are counted and all voting systems are open and reliable.

We encourage you to send us an email if you would like more information or are interested in becoming a part of our organization.
You can learn more about us at our website www.nydlc.org. Please e-mail us at info@nydlc.org or contact the steering committee directly at steeringcommittee@nydlc.org.

Help Wanted

The NYDLC is a volunteer organization, functioning through the donated time and enthusiasm of our members. We have openings for people to take on specific tasks within the NYDLC, on a local, state and national level. Check out our Help Wanted section to see if there is a task you want to take on to help the NYDLC, your party and your country.

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