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Voting & Elections 02.4.2021

In-person Signature Gathering must be Suspended for the Duration of the Pandemic


While the New York State Legislature and the Governor have taken a first step to address the perils of in-person petitioning, more is urgently needed as in-person petitioning is a potential superspreader event. That is why Common Cause New York is calling on the Governor to immediately suspend in-person petitioning as it endangers the welfare of all New Yorkers and defies the recommendations of the CDC and the Governor’s own public health orders.


Insecure Voting Machines Have No Place in New York's Elections


Common Cause/NY vehemently opposes the certification of ES&S’ ExpressVote XL hybrid voting machine by the New York State Board of Elections.

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.

Voting & Elections 09.25.2020

Testimony before NYC Council Governmental Operations Committee

We are pleased to note the State Legislature, the Governor, and the New York State and local Boards of Elections took heed of the numerous problems in June and have responded to our recommendations through legislation, executive orders, and process improvements.

Voting & Elections 09.9.2020

Let NY Vote coalition calls on Governor to sign AVR bill

At the beginning of this legislative session, few could have anticipated the situation our state now faces with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to devastate our communities, weaken our economy and threaten our democratic processes. Now that the State Legislature has passed Automatic Voter Registration, we are calling on you to sign it in order to protect the integrity of New York’s elections well into the future.

Voting & Elections 08.11.2020

Common Cause New York’s Testimony on the June 2020 primary


It is our position that while there were undoubtedly unforced errors along the way, that overall, the Boards of Elections did a credible job of navigating unprecedented circumstances and did their best to rapidly scale up a previously sleepy absentee voting program. However, there is much to improve looking ahead to November in what is arguably the most consequential election in recent history.

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