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Voting & Elections 10.28.2019

How Early Voting Process Is Working So Far in NYC

"If I am not going to be the voter's number one, I want to be their number two or their number three."


How the NYC charter revision questions would change the CCRB

The changes seem minor compared to an overhaul of the city’s electoral system – the first question on the ballot would institute a new voting system called ranked choice for municipal primaries and special elections. “These changes are nominal, but serve to signal the city’s continued commitment to substantive accountability measures,” Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner wrote in a statement of support, echoing others who support the changes while adding the city could do more when it comes to police accountability.

Voting & Elections 10.28.2019

Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris Votes Early in Queens

“Early voting is a game-changer for New Yorkers who no longer have to choose between getting to work on time or exercising their democratic rights. We hope every New York voter will join us and vote early,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY.

Voting & Elections 10.28.2019

Instead of Voting for One Candidate, What if New Yorkers Picked Their Top 5?

“What we see in the current system is that politicians are advised to dig down into their base of existing supporters and don’t worry about voters in other communities who didn’t vote for you last time,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a good-government group. “With ranked-choice voting, candidates are unlikely to be successful if they only speak to their base, because that slice of voters won’t be enough.”

‘Retaliation, a Culture of Fear’: Councilman Is Suspended for 30 Days

Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York, a good-government group, said Mr. King’s conduct should be examined by criminal authorities. “I hope there would an independent investigation by criminal authorities to determine whether there was criminal activity or not,” Ms. Lerner said, adding that Mr. King’s conduct justified expulsion from the City Council. “The Council does not believe he has the ability to behave appropriately, so to ask the taxpayers to pay for a babysitter is inappropriate,” Ms. Lerner continued. “If I as a taxpayer would pay for anything, it’s a new election.”

Voting & Elections 10.27.2019

New York’s Early Voting Change Expected to Boost Turnout

State lawmakers enacted early voting in their last legislative session, delivering a victory to open-government advocates such as Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner, who have long pushed for the change... The new system will help election officials work out bugs and help people with rigid schedules, Ms. Lerner said. “It takes the stress off Election Day,” she added.

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