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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:

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All eligible persons can register to vote easily

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All registered voters are able to vote simply, fairly, and without intimidation

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

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5/14: Pro-Voter Albany Advocacy Day

Join NYDLC as we travel to Albany for Pro-Voter Advocacy Day!

 

We've made unprecedented gains this year, but the devil is in the details: join us as we head to Albany to have targeted, substantive conversations with lawmakers about common-sense changes that can make a difference for New York voters! 

Visit the Capitol and hone your advocacy skills in meetings with influential policymakers and legislative staff. Stand up for voting rights by educating our representatives about NYDLC's pro-voter priorities and persuading them to support and help enact key reforms to modernize the way we register to vote, how we participate in elections, how ballots are counted, and more.

 

The NYDLC agenda for the day is evolving with the Legsilative Calendar. RSVP today to get the latest updates. Everyone who signs up will be assigned to an experience team lead, and we will make sure you are well-prepared for your talk with your legislator!

WHEN
May 14, 2019 at 7am
WHERE
NYDLC Pro-Voter Albany Advocacy Day Trip
Car and Bus caravan departs from NYC (TBD)
New York, NY
United States
Google map and directions
rsvp

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Weds. April 24th: NYDLC Steering Committee Meeting

Attend NYDLC's next Steering Committee Meeting! RSVP below

NYDLC's Steering Committee provides a platform for all of our projects and initiatives.

The Steering Committee meeting is open to
all members who would like to be more involved or to those who are new to NYDLC and would like to find out about our work. At each meeting, we hear reports from our Committee Chairs and plan for the months ahead, so this is a great way to check in on what we are working on and identify a few key ways you can help protect fundamental #VotingRights and #BeTheChange!

Dial-in option: If you are unable to attend in person, you are welcome to join by phone.

RSVP below and you will be emailed dial-in credentials.

All NYDLC members are welcome to attend: To Join NYDLC as a member, please click here. (NYDLC always provides up to a 100% exemption policy for those unable to pay).

 


The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is a coalition of lawyers and voting rights advocates dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that: 

  • 1. All eligible persons can register to vote easily;
  • 2. All registered voters are able to vote conveniently, fairly, without intimidation;
  • 3. All voters are counted accurately and all voting systems are open and reliable.

New to NYDLC? 

Click here to View our current NYS and national comprehensive voting reform agenda.

Why Voting Rights? 

Watch DNC Vice-Chair Michael Blake discuss NYDLC's voter protection work: "We should be doing everything we can to make sure that voting rights are universal; that it's easier for someone to vote, not harder." Blake encourages NYDLCers "to stay on the offensive--we have to make sure that we are pushing back to expand voting rights for everyone." 

Watch The Modern Fight to Vote in New York and Beyond highlighting the critical role NYDLC plays protecting fundamental voting rights and the pro-voter path forward on reforming and modernizing NY election laws.

WHEN
April 24, 2019 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 6th Ave
(floor TBA)
New York, NY 10019
United States
Google map and directions
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4/18: Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting--RSVP below!

Join NYDLC's Legislative Affairs Committee at our next meeting to discuss our Pro-Voter Election Reform Agenda, LetNYVote action items, and our 2019-and-beyond push to overhaul NY and national voting laws. At this meeting, we will focus on:

  • -- 2019 Albany advocacy efforts to enact even more voting reform
  • -- Improving high-priority pro-voter legislation  
  • -- Refining NYDLC's comprehensive election reform agenda and updating advocacy materials
  • -- Developing voting rights rapid response, OpEds, and other advocacy opportunities

         Having finally elected a massive Senate Majority, we are proud that so many prominent N.Y. Democrats in Albany and across the state have called for pro-voter election reforms. We need to let them know they have our support. Our advocacy keeps policymakers focused on their promises to strengthen voting rights by modernizing voter registration and election administration. For years the GOP-controlled State Senate in Albany did everything in their power to block even the most basic democracy reform proposals to improve voter access or modernize registration. As a result, when it comes to safeguarding civil rights like voting, New York lags behind much of the country. But thanks to our tireless advocacy and like-minded partners in government (including those newly elected), that's beginning to change!

         NYDLC continues to advocate for convenient pro-voter reforms like providing a reasonable Election Period for balloting (includes an early voting option); revolutionizing the way we register voters by enacting a system of automatic, permanent and portable voter registration for all who are eligible; a same-day registration failsafe; and convenient user-based reforms like online registration, simplified ballot design, and more. You can access NYDLC's current NYS and national Pro-Voter Election Reform Agenda and materials here.

         But these are big priorities, and we can't achieve them without your relentless dedication, active participation, and continued support. RSVP below to join our next meeting. 

Dial in option: If you can't attend in person, all members are welcome to join the meeting by phone. Please RSVP below and you will receive credentials for the call by email.

WHEN
April 18, 2019 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Covington & Burling
620 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018
United States
Google map and directions
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5/9: NYDLC Legislative Affairs Advocacy Day Prep Meeting

It's time for NYDLCers to head back to Albany to move the ball forward on voting reform!

We've made unprecedented gains this year, but the devil is in the details: join us as we prepare to head to Albany to have targeted, substantive conversations with lawmakers about common-sense changes that can make a difference for New York voters!

If you are joining us on May 14th to make the trip, this is a great time to bond with the team and get mentally prepared.

Even if you can't make the trip, we still want you to join us! Meet your fellow NYDLCers, help with morale, and lend a hand on packet assembly - and all the many little things that add up to big change!

 

WHEN
May 09, 2019 at 6:30pm
WHERE
King & Spalding LLP
1185 Avenue of the Americas
34th Floor New York
New York, NY 10036
United States
Google map and directions
rsvp

NYDLC Hails Passage of Budget that Secures Voting Reforms

For Immediate Release, April 1, 2019

Contact: (866) NYDLC-01; info@NYDLC.org  

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (@NYDLC) applauds state lawmakers for securing new voting reforms for all New Yorkers. 

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NYDLC Announces New Executive Director -- Democratic Organizer Liza Abraham

For Immediate Release, Mar. 20, 2019

Contact: (866) NYDLC-01; info@NYDLC.org  

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (@NYDLC) is excited to announce that Liza Abraham, 2018 Western NY Regional Organizer for the NYS Dems 2018 Coordinated Campaign, has taken up the reigns as Executive Director of NYDLC, just as the 2019-20 election cycle heats up.

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Modern Voting Laws and a Historic Black History Month

By Carl Unegbu, Rachel Landy, and Jarret Berg

This year’s Black History Month celebrations coincided with some remarkable developments in New York law that have a genuine potential to enhance access to the democratic space and improve civic engagement and political participation. And, needless to say, they are of significant interest to the Black community and should interest all minority communities.

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NYDLC Hails NYS Legislature's Passage of Broad Pro-Voter Package of Election Reform Bills

For Immediate Release, Jan 14, 2019
Contact: (866) NYDLC-01; info@NYDLC.org

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (@NYDLC) hails the speedy passage, through both houses of the New York State Legislature, of a package of election reforms that NYDLC members have fought for years to enact that will improve access to fundamental rights for the benefit of ALL eligible New Yorkers and finally begin to modernize New York's voting laws.

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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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2018 Year in Review

NYDLC's 2018 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.

In 2018 thousands of NYDLC VoterPros took action and we have lots to be proud of! Whether you were registering voters to participate in New York's multiple primaries of the 2018 Midterm Elections; monitoring the polls across New York or as part of our export operations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Montana, or North Carolina; conducting legal research and assisting with NYS or national 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.

NYDLC 2018 Year in Review (front)
NYDLC 2018 Year in Review (back)
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