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Voting & Elections 12.29.2020

2021 State Legislative Priorities

Fact Sheet

New York’s elections have undergone a seismic shift because of the pandemic. COVID has forced New York to quickly adapt through the expansion and modernization of absentee voting and encouraged the widespread adoption of early voting as millions of New Yorkers voted early for the first time and during a presidential election. However, there is much the New York State Legislature can do to quickly enact pro-voter laws and build on the progress made when the Legislature reconvenes in January 2021.

Common Cause New York’s Testimony on Redistricting

Common Cause/NY urges the Legislature to make additional changes to the redistricting provision which will clarify and strengthen it, eliminating unconstitutional, contradictory and ambiguous language within the provision and minimizing the potential for litigation.

City Council Charter Revision Commission Should Focus on Land Use

Common Cause/NY strongly urges the commission to devote most, if not all, of its focus on an essential issue that cannot effectively be addressed piecemeal and which is too detailed and politically fraught to be taken up in the normal course by the City Council: the reworking of the city’s land use procedures.

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