Let NY Vote is a nonpartisan statewide coalition that harnesses the power of grassroots activists, civil rights organizations, advocacy groups, labor unions and everyday New Yorkers in the fight to bring more people into the democratic process. With over 11,000 activists and 150+ organizational partners, Let NY Vote is a powerful, nimble, and effective advocacy powerhouse that has strengthened our democracy.
MAJOR WINS TO DATE
In just four years, the Let NY Vote coalition has transformed voting for New Yorkers through:
- PERMANENTLY RESTORING VOTING RIGHTS TO RETURNING CITIZENS
New Yorkers on parole will now automatically have their voting rights restored, and can expect to receive notice of the fact, as well as an explanation of the voter registration process, upon release from periods of incarceration.
- MODERN VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEMS
With the adoption of Automatic Voter Registration (AVR), voter registration in New York is now an opt-out process, not opt-in. When a New Yorker moves, their voter registration automatically moves with them. 16- and 17-year-olds are able to pre-register to vote and, by 2021, New Yorkers will be able to register to vote online through the State Board of Elections website.
- MORE TIME TO VOTE
New York is now the 38th state to have early voting. We fought hard for 9 days of early voting statewide and added 6 additional polling hours during the primary election for upstate counties.
- AN EASIER TIME VOTING
New Yorkers will now have a single election for congressional and state primaries (instead of two separate elections), as well as user-friendly ballots. Polling places now have electronic poll books and voters have more time to enroll in a political party.
THE FIGHT CONTINUES
Let NY Vote has secured some major victories in four short years but our work is far from over. We will continue to champion our inclusive, equity-focused reform platform by ensuring no-excuse absentee voting and same day registration are approved by voters in 2021 and implemented in 2022.
To learn more about the Let NY Vote and how you can get involved, please visit letnyvote.org.