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Voting & Elections 10.29.2018

New York Today: Why Don't We Have Early Voting?

The midterm elections are about a week away, but millions of people have already voted: More than half of states offer early voting in-person or by mail. New York is not one of them.

Voting & Elections 10.18.2018

On elections, Nassau is a 'problem' county

Asked what part of state election law needs the most tweaking, Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, a not-for-profit that focuses on voting rights, said, “It’s hard to pick just one.” Lerner told the Herald Gazette that the Nassau County Board of Elections is particularly troublesome. “Nassau is one of the problem counties,” she said. Lerner described the county board as “patronage driven,” referring to almost 20 positions on it that are filled by people — Republicans and Democrats — whose relatives hold powerful positions in the county and the various municipalities under its umbrella.

Voting & Elections 10.11.2018

New York's Voting Laws Need Reform Now

Common Cause New York is encouraging voters to make their voices heard, and promoting their 'Let New York Vote' campaign meant to expand voting accessibility and advocate for voter reform. The group's executive director, Susan Lerner, explains.

Voting & Elections 09.27.2018

Civil Rights Lawyers Demand 'Answers' From NYC Board Of Elections After Primary's 'Mass Confusion'

At a press conference outside BOE headquarters on Thursday afternoon, Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause NY, said that her organization scrutinized the voter files from the primary after hearing from more than 100 people who experienced problems while trying to vote. "We were shocked to find over 300 people who were able to vote in the Democratic Congressional primary in June, who are now mysteriously switched to being 'unaffiliated,' so there are a lot of answers we need," Lerner said.

Voting & Elections 09.26.2018

Ask A Reporter: What Can We Do About New York's Abysmal Voting Laws?

“People who've only voted in New York think all the elections across the country are the same craziness,” said Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause New York. “They are not.”

Cuomo's Former Top Aide Gets 6 Years for Bribery

Susan Lerner with Common Cause said in a statement that “New Yorkers deserve better,” and she urged Cuomo to take the lead to close a loophole in the campaign finance laws that allow donors to use limited liability companies to skirt contribution limits, to ban outside income for lawmakers and to increase oversight over state economic development programs.

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