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 achieved real results that strengthen our democracy.
15 MAJOR WINS TO DATE
In just three years, the Let NY Vote coalition has already changed history. Our reforms reflect our guiding principle – all eligible New Yorkers should have unfettered access to the ballot. New Yorkers will now have:
- 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. The deadline for party enrollment is now four months before a state and local primary election- a significant reduction from the longstanding eleven month deadline. Counties will have the option of using electronic pollbooks. We also ensured that counties have the support they need to implement these reforms by securing an unprecedented $25 million in state funding for early voting and electronic pollbooks in 2019.
- MODERN VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEMS
Now, 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.
- PROTECTING THE BALLOT DURING COVID
Let NY Vote quickly sprung into action to enshrine the Governor’s changes to our elections for the duration of the pandemic. This now means New Yorkers can vote absentee for the duration of the public health crisis. Because no one should have to choose between their right to vote and their safety.
We also took a major first step towards achieving same day voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting (vote by mail). Each requires a constitutional amendment, so implementing these will require multiple years of work. And, finally, in the midst of a devastating public health crisis, we were able to secure the adoption of Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) which will make registering to vote an opt-out process, not opt-in.
THE FIGHT CONTINUES
Let NY Vote has already won major victories in three short years. But our work is far from over. We will continue to champion our inclusive, equity-focused reform platform:
- Permanent restoration of voting rights for justice-involved individuals.
- Effective implementation of early voting by counties throughout the state.
To learn more about the Let NY Vote and how you can get involved, please visit letnyvote.org.