- Early voting
- Same day voter registration
- No-excuse absentee voting
- Pre-registration of 16 and 17 year olds
- Primary consolidation
- State-wide voter registration transfer
- Closure of the LLC loophole
The LWV of New York now will begin advocating for state funding to implement these proposals. The State League will be reviewing any proposed regulations to the policies and giving input when necessary. In the case of no-excuse absentee voting and same day voter registration, LWVNY will continue its advocacy work in 2021 as these reforms are Constitutional amendments that require passage in two legislative sessions.
On January 15, 2019, the Governor released his executive budget plan for fiscal year 2019. The Governor highlighted his Democracy Agenda which includes voting reforms such as making Election Day a state holiday, automatic voter registration, and his own early voting proposal. Unfortunately, his budget does not include funding for any of these reforms nor the reforms passed by the legislature. You can find his full budget proposal at budget.ny.gov.
The State League will once again lobby the legislature to ensure funding is allocated for these reforms. Last session the Governor added $7 million for early voting in his 30-day amendments. The funding was not included in the one-house budgets of the Senate and Assembly.
Join the League and tell your Senators and Representatives that it is time to modernize and repair the VRA! As a preconvention activity, League members from around the country lobbied their members of Congress on legislation that would repair the VRA to its full powers. This legislation, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, will level the playing field and ensure that all Americans have fair and equal access to the voting booth. Members of the League who attended Lobby Day may also wish to use our template press release to spread the word about the lobbying activities with their local media.