Election Protection

Common Cause New York believes that the most fundamental right granted to a citizen of our democracy is the right to vote and have that vote counted. It's a scandal that New York's elections are poorly run, testing a voter’s endurance or perseverance just to cast their ballot. During major elections, we place non-partisan volunteer poll monitors on the ground at polling places, especially in communities with a history of voting problems, or where hotly-contested races exacerbate the chance of long lines or voter intimidation.

Common Cause New York also submitted a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the New York City Board of Elections to determine the reason why 90,998 affidavit ballots in the 2016 New York Presidential Primary were rejected. It is of utmost importance that elections are transparent and that New Yorkers demand answers.

In November 2016, just before the general election, Common Cause New York filed a lawsuit seeking to restore the voting rights of New York City voters who have been improperly removed from the rolls in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). The U.S. Department of Justice and the NY Attorney General have both intervened as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, validated our assertion that voters’ rights under both federal and state law had been violated.

See what our volunteers from 2012 had to say about helping voters and protecting the vote on Election Day:

Your Voting Rights

Voting is a fundamental American right. If you have any questions at all about voting or experience any problems while trying to cast your vote, call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

For more information about voting rights, read NYPIRG’s Voter’s Bill of Rights Fact Sheet or NYCLU’s fact sheet, Know Your Rights: Voting and Elections 2016.

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