NEW YORK, NY (11/02/2021) (readMedia)-- Today is Election Day in New York! Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m, and Common Cause/NY is urging voters to flip their ballots and vote YES on proposals 1, 3, and 4 to strengthen democracy.
"Proposals 1, 3, and 4 are vital measures to enshrine expanded voting rights and a better redistricting process into our state constitution. 20 states have same-day voter registration, and 34 states have no-excuse absentee voting. Why should voters in Buffalo or Brooklyn miss out on the same opportunities as Americans in two-thirds of the nation? Vote yes on proposals 1, 3, and 4 today!" said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY.
Ballot proposals 1, 3, and 4 have been endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, 9 members of Congress including Reps Nadler, Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez, Maloney, Bowman, Meng, Jones, Jeffries, and Rice; 6 key labor unions including 1199 SEIU, 32BJ, CWA District 1, NYSNA, CIR SEIU, and DC37; Mayor de Blasio; state legislators including Senators Brisport, Kaplan, Hoylman, Myrie, Salazar, Ramos, Assemblymembers González-Rojas, Darling, Gallagher, Lavine, Ramos, Rosenthal, Solages, and 50+ civic engagement groups.
Learn more at: yeson1-3-4.org/
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Background on Proposals 1, 3, 4
Proposal 1 will reform the redistricting process to create districts that put New Yorkers before politicians. It will:
Proposal 3 means no more voter registration deadlines. The most reliable way to increase voter turnout is with a combination of early voting (which New York already has) and eliminating the unfair and unnecessary disenfranchisement that is caused by arbitrary voter registration deadlines. New York has two different voter registration deadlines: one is the 10 day cutoff in the state constitution that Proposal 3 would eliminate, and the other is the 25 day cutoff that is part of state law. The first step to doing away with voter registration deadlines and ultimately paving the way for implementing same-day voter registration in New York is passing Proposal 3, which will eliminate the 10 day cutoff for voter registration in the state constitution.
Proposal 4 would make voting more accessible for all New Yorkers by allowing voters to request an absentee ballot, no excuse needed. The pandemic led to expanded absentee voting, allowing over 1.5 million people in 2020 to vote by citing "temporary illness" as their excuse to request an absentee ballot. However, that will end this year, and New York's more restrictive absentee voting laws, which require voters to prove they will either be out of town or otherwise incapacitated to vote in person, will be back in force. Typically, only 3-5% of voters met these eligibility requirements. Proposal 4 would delete these narrow requirements from the constitution and have New York join the 34 states and Washington, D.C. that allow no-excuse absentee voting.