Common Cause is anticipating an unprecedented number of New Yorkers at the polls during the 2020 election cycle. And while we’ve made progress on reforming our local elections, our election infrastructure will more than likely be strained. That’s why CCNY is mobilizing volunteers to protect our democracy and be voters’ first line of defense against problems at the poll sites. We are mobilizing members across the state to donate their time and join our 2020 Election Protection campaign to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised.
We’re protecting our elections and ensuring every vote is counted because:
- In September 2018, a record-breaking 1.5 million New Yorkers showed up at the polls during the state primary, more than double the turnout for the 2014 primary. Though voter turnout rose from an anemic 9.3% to 27%, the surge highlighted the NYC Board of Elections was ill-equipped to handle high volume on election day. Voters faced long lines, broken machines, and barely controlled chaos at poll sites across the state.
- In October 2017, the NYCBOE admitted to breaking state and federal law when it purged nearly 200,000 voters from the rolls ahead of the presidential primary in April 2016. Ahead of the 2020 election, as part of the settlement, the NYCBOE agreed to adopt detailed procedures to ensure that eligible voters are not designated for removal in error, reinstate improperly removed voters, and produce monthly and annual reports identifying the voters who were removed from the rolls.
- In the fall of 2016, CCNY led its biggest Election Protection (EP) campaign- 200+ volunteers in 51 polling places across seven counties during the general election. Our nonpartisan volunteer poll monitors worked to identify voter intimidation, help voters troubleshoot problems and report bad practices at polling places to election authorities.
What you can do now:
- Sign up to volunteer in 2020
- Read our FAQ and spread the word by using our share-able sample tweets and graphics for Instagram and Facebook.