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Voting & Elections 08.24.2021

Written Testimony for the NYC Racial Justice Commission

New York City’s uneven and low levels of civic and political engagement are the direct result of centuries of explicit and implicit exclusionary racist policies promulgated and executed by city and state government. It seems that every few years, New York City is reminded of our failures to meaningfully redress the generational damage. Nowhere is it more visible in our civic life than the low turnout in our state and local elections.

08.13.2021

Common Cause NY Statement Regarding Holding Andrew Cuomo Accountable

Earlier this week, Andrew Cuomo announced his intent to resign in two weeks after an investigation by the State Attorney General James brought his rampant sexual misconduct to light. Given the severity of the findings, Common Cause NY urges the Assembly to proceed with impeachment regardless of Andrew Cuomo’s intention to step down and calls on Andrew Cuomo to resign immediately, not in two weeks.

07.28.2021

Common Cause New York Testimony submitted for Senate Elections Hearing on July 28th, 2021

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There is no question New York has made clear, demonstrable progress in expanding voting rights and improving our elections. But with every step forward in New York, there is inevitably a corollary step back.

Voting & Elections 07.19.2021

Written Testimony for the Assembly Elections Committee Hearing

Ranked Choice Voting works, the Board of Elections does not.

Voting & Elections 02.23.2021

Failures in Oneida County Elections Demand Action

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The systemic failures in Oneida County in 2020 that engulfed a close congressional race, which resulted in months long delays and a protracted court battle, demand immediate action and reform.

Voting & Elections 02.23.2021

Reforming New York’s Local & State Boards of Elections

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Common Cause/NY released a white paper recommending a working group to reform the administration of elections in New York State. Various proposals have been bandied around, but the issue deserves serious study for lasting, meaningful reform.

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