For Immediate Release:
Contact: Susan Lerner
September 25, 2012
Common Cause NY today released a report prepared by its summer student interns
Entitled "Too Political? Obstacles to Voter Registration Drives in New York City."
Common Cause/NY today released a report prepared by its summer student interns, entitled "Too Political? Obstacles to Voter Registration Drives in New York City." The release is timed to coincide with National Voter Registration Day. The students found surprising obstacles to conducting voter registration activities in public places. The students found that nearly half of the places which they queried either did not respond or prohibited voter registration activities from being conducted.
"The students have done careful research which reveals a situation which would surprise most New Yorkers. Americans are proud of our system of government with its promise of equal access and an equal voice for all voters. It needs to be clear to everyone - including the entities which control public spaces - that voter registration is to be encouraged in every way possible. We hope to see more vigorous voter education and outreach by all levels of government in the future. We applaud the hundreds of New Yorkers fanned out through the state and the City today, working together to register voters."
The report can be accessed: www.commoncause.org/ny/voterregreport
Office: Common Cause New York
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