NYDLC Praises Governor Cuomo's Decision to Restore Voting Rights to Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers on Parole
The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) praises Governor Cuomo's significant announcement today that his office will take immediate action to begin restoring voting rights to the tens of thousands of currently-disenfranchised New York parolees, and further, that his administration is committed to protecting the civil rights of future parolees by doing so on an ongoing basis.Read more
Rather than spend the year arguing with strangers on the internet, you took action: Whether you were registering voters to participate in our democracy; monitoring elections across New York or as part of our export operations in Alabama, Georgia (2x!), New Jersey, and Virginia; conducting legal research and assisting with pro-voter advocacy; or organizing community empowerment and educational programming, you were helping to protect and advance the fundamental civil rights of American voters.
We hope you will consider making a generous end-of-year contribution to NYDLC (here) so that we can continue this important work in 2018.
NYDLC Testifies about 2017 Voting Problems in NYC and the Urgent Need to Overhaul New York Voting Laws
On Wednesday (12/13), NYDLC submitted testimony to both the New York City Council and the NYC Campaign Finance Board, regarding the most prevalent 2017 voting problems arising out of the 2017 municipal elections in New York City and the urgent need to improve New York Elections via legislative and administrative reforms. Read the full coverage and testimony.Read more
In a new GothamTalks video OpEd, NYDLC Executive Director Jarret Berg discusses the modern fight to vote in New York and across America; several desperately-needed voting reforms lawmakers should enact in 2018; NYDLC's election monitoring, pro-voter advocacy, and rights-based community programming; and the need for a drastic cultural shift among the rising American electorate so all eligible voters are ready to participate in local elections. Watch the full video here.Read more
Election Day Voter Protection Team
Here you can access training materials and join the Election Day Voter Protection Team
- NYDLC 2018 Voter Protection Training Manual (updated 10/2018) (or)
- NYDLC 2018 Voter Protection Training Powerpoint (updated 10/2018)
- LBJ Incident Reporter Training Guide (or) Powerpoint
- NYDLC Common Voter Protection FAQs and Training Hypotheticals (5 pages) (4/2018)
Contingency ONLY: 11/6 paper incident report form (10/2018)
~This form should ONLY be used if the (online) Incident Reporting Tool or the internet is unavailable.
- What is voter protection? (introductory 1-pager for campaigns and volunteers) (9/2018)
- CLE: NYS CLE Affirmation & Evaluation Form for remote attendees (email completed forms to lawyerscouncilCLE@NYDLC.org)
*LBJ can only be accessed via your email.
11/6: Sign Up Below for an Election Day Shift
The NYDLC--NY Dems Statewide Voter Assistance hotline # is 855-VOTE4NY
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2018 Voter Registration Deadlines
- The 2018 NYS Political calendar is available here.
November 6, 2018 General Election (All Polls statewide OPEN at 6 AM and CLOSE at 9 PM)
MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 12, 2018 and received by a board of elections no later than October 17, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 12, 2018. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 13, 2018, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 27, 2018.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 17, 2018 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.
CHANGE OF ENROLLMENT (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-304(3))
An application to change one’s party enrollment for 2018 must be received by the board of elections no later than October 12, 2017.
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NYS Assembly Passes Pro-Voter Legislative Package—Time for the State Senate to Prioritize Voting Rights for all New Yorkers
The NYS Assembly passed several voting reform bills this week that would modernize New York elections and make voting more convenient for millions of busy New Yorkers—but only if the State Senate leadership is compelled to prioritize fundamental voting rights before the end of the 2017 Legislative Session in June. Join NYDLC's 2017 New York State Pro-Voter Call to Action today to get involved.Read more
NEW YORK – The New York State Budget enacted over the weekend (April 9-10) included several bold new initiatives and much-needed reforms, but failed to include critical election law reform proposals.Read more
The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is calling on all New Yorkers who support protecting voting rights and modernizing our elections to take action by making 11 phone calls to key New York lawmakers every day until the April 1st state budget deadline, and to encourage those in their networks and other like-minded groups to ask their members to do the same.Read more