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Voting & Elections 10.22.2019

NY Early Voting Begins This Weekend: Here's How To Cast Your Ballot

Voters will have multiple days to cast their ballots instead of just one, but Susan Lerner, of Common Cause of New York, doesn't necessarily expect higher turnout. She says that implementing the change this year is more about “the ability for people to vote at their own chosen time.” With the presidential election next year, Lerner thinks this is a good time to work out the kinks and make sure everything will be smooth sailing in 2020. “Really need to get early voting right this year so that we can improve it and have it really ready to go in 2020 when, in all honesty, the turnout will be larger,” she said

Voting & Elections 10.22.2019

Advocates and elected officials encourage early voting and tour polling sites

“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," Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY and the co-founder of Let NY Vote, said at a Washington Square Park rally to drum up interest. "We hope every New York voter will join us and vote early.”

Voting & Elections 10.17.2019

Civil rights groups go to trial in New York to stop voter suppression

The case, which is led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Common Cause New York, together with pro bono law firm Dechert LLP and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, is being heard at a federal courthouse in Manhattan by Judge Allison J. Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Voting & Elections 10.15.2019

‘Inactive’ NY Voters Shouldn’t Be Removed From Voting List: Lawsuit

“Voters who have registered, who have voted previously should not be removed from the voter rolls simply because something has happened to a piece of mail,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. “The federal statute really requires more time before somebody can be removed from the active rolls,” she added.

Voting & Elections 10.14.2019

Early voting is here in New York: What you need to know

"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," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY and co-founder of Let NY Vote.

Voter guide 2019: Syracuse’s ballot question, explained

The council in April invited Susan Lerner, of the New York advocacy group Common Cause, to discuss the commission. Lerner said the current practice of having council members draw their own districts is a blatant conflict of interest.

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