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 five years, the Let NY Vote coalition has transformed voting for New Yorkers through:
- PASSING THE JOHN R. LEWIS NEW YORK STATE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
This law will preserve and revitalize the voice of the people in our democracy. It will make the vote more accessible, equitable, and safeguarded against actions to dilute its strength.
- PROVIDING POLLING LOCATIONS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Students will now not have to rely on a ride to the polls to cast their ballot in our state with mandated campus polling locations for colleges.
- 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 five short years but our work is far from over. We will continue to champion our inclusive, equity-focused reform platform in 2023.
To learn more about the Let NY Vote and how you can get involved, please visit letnyvote.org.