Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NY State Democrats Push Voting Reforms

New York Democratic Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday pushed for measures that would make it easier to Vote in New York, Bills that fell by the wayside during the Budget talks.

The measures include Early Voting, Automatic Registration, and Electronic Poll Books.

“We are ready, willing and committed to get this done before June,” said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh. “What we need is the Senate.”

Republicans in the Senate, who hold a narrow Majority, have questioned the Voting Measures as backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Budget.

But on Tuesday, Senate Democrats placed pressure on Gov. Cuomo and the eight-member Independent Democratic Conference IDC) to move the issue forward.

“Obviously we need the other conferences in the Senate to get with the program,” Kavanagh said at a News Conference. “There is very much an appetite for doing this in Albany this year. We just need a portion of the Senate and the governor to work with us.”

Cuomo earlier this month told reporters he was skeptical measures such as Voting and Ethics Reforms could pass in the Legislature, a position Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins rejected.

“I’ve heard the governor say there was no appetite in the past and we’ve pushed and we’ve gotten things done,” she said. “We can do it. The Senate Democrats have been pushing for this forever. People can step up.”

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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