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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


All votes are counted and all voting systems are open and reliable

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12/17: NYDLC Holiday Party 2018 at Paul Weiss

Please join NYDLC as we celebrate the 2018 Election this holiday season and the promise of a major voting reform push and just say THANK YOU in person for all of the time, expertise, and resources you have committed to NYDLC's field voter protection election monitoring program, pro-voter advocacy, and civic engagement initiatives this past year.

Together, we will continue the inter-generational fight for the fundamental franchise--what civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis affectionately calls "the most powerful non-violent tool we have".

All NYDLC members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to invite like-minded friends and colleagues who may be interested in our mission. 2019 is a new year and our work is more important than ever before.

  • ~  Admission is free! (rsvp below)
  • ~ Suggested Holiday Party Contribution: $20.19
    • Supports 2019 Democratic Voter Protection field efforts (in New York and competitive battleground contests) and NYDLC's pro-voter advocacy and community voter empowerment programming.
  • ~  Feeling Extra Generous? Contribute $20.19 today and Make it Monthly for 2019!
    • A (recurring monthly) contribution in any amount you choose that helps power our VoterPro efforts all year long.
December 17, 2018 at 6:30pm
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019
United States
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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.

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2017 Year in Review

NYDLC's 2017 Year in Review (below) highlights the road we have traveled together over the past year mobilizing and training attorneys and voting rights advocates to protect and advance the franchise here in New York and across the U.S.

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.

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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.

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New GothamTalks Video OpEd Series Showcases NYDLC's Voting Rights Organizing and Advocacy

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.

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Voter Protection 2018

Election Day Voter Protection Team

View our full 2018 Voter Protection Training Calendar 

Here you can access training materials and join the Election Day Voter Protection Team

11/6: Sign Up Below for an Election Day Shift

NYDLC needs your help to protect the civil rights of ALL voters on Election Day (11/6) in top-priority Red-to-Blue Congressional and State Senate / legislative contests. Join the voter protection team and serve on Election Day as a Poll Watcher (inside) or Observer (outside) in competitive New York battleground races or travel out of state to support one of our partner programs across the U.S.

Join NYS Red-to-Blue Voter Protection



Voter Protection Out of State







The NYDLC--NY Dems Statewide Voter Assistance hotline # is 855-VOTE4NY

Poll watchers and Election Observers working with candidates/campaigns should NOT call this hotline to report Election Day incidents! Instead, please contact the relevant campaign phone number provided to you in Election Day poll site assignments, or report the issue to the local Board of Elections for resolution.
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Your generous support for NYDLC makes it possible to produce these resources and make them available to campaigns and the public. Supporting NYDLC allows us to help Democrats in New York and battleground states protect the vote. Contribute Today.

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.


Your support makes it possible for us to produce these resources and make them available to the public. Supporting NYDLC provides our trained voter protection attorneys and advocates with the capacity to protect the rights of ALL eligible New York Voters. Contribute Today.

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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.

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NYDLC Statement on Failure to Include Election Law Reform in NYS Budget

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.

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NYDLC & Pro-Voter Advocates Press Albany for Election Modernization in April 1st NYS Budget

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. 

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The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) strongly encourages members of our voting rights coalition and all New Yorkers who care about voting rights to attend the RALLY TO RESIST VOTER SUPPRESSION this Sunday, March 19th at 2 p.m. at Battery Park in Manhattan.

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