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Voting & Elections 02.27.2019

Let New Yorkers rank their candidates: It’s long past time to overhaul the way elections work

Yesterday, in one of the most crowded races in New York City history, Jumaane Williams won his campaign for Public Advocate against 16 other candidates with 33% of the vote. That’s right. A tiny fraction of New Yorkers — only 8.6% of active voters — turned out to elect the second most powerful politician in the city, and the victor didn’ t come close to a majority.

Voting & Elections 11.9.2018

Finally Let New York Vote: End restrictive practices that effectively disenfranchise millions, beginning with early voting

In the midterm election, 38 million Americans in 37 states voted early. None of them were in New York. Instead, eager New Yorkers turned out in record numbers only to wait in long lines, in the rain, sometimes for hours at a time.

Voting & Elections 08.14.2018

An Opportunity to Offer Real Election Reform in New York City

Last Tuesday during the Ohio-12 special election, Americans found themselves angry at third party voters – again – for “wasting” their votes. This problem is not unique to Ohio: in multi-candidate competitive races, we see upset voters of one party or candidate hold others accountable for their loss. The blame should not be placed on voters -- it should be on the broken election system. Just look at New York City. New York City primaries are crowded fields, with sometimes with as many as seven people vying for one ballot line.

Voting & Elections 04.29.2016

New York Advocates Call for Evaluation of Board of Election Practices in Light of Massive Voter Disenfranchisement

On the steps of City Hall in Manhattan today, dozens of advocates gathered to decry the disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of voters in New York's primary elections held on Tuesday, April 19th.

Voting & Elections 04.19.2016

Common Cause New York Statement on New York's Closed Shut Primary Election

Common Cause New York statement regarding New York's closed-shut primary and its resulting issues.

Ethics 01.22.2016

Common Cause/NY Statement on Governor Cuomo's State of the State

In response to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State address, Common Cause/NY issued the following statement:

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