We need your help to pass Automatic Voter Registration in New York State!

We need your help to pass Automatic Voter Registration in New York State!

Time Range For Action Alert: 
January 8, 2020 to January 31, 2020

 

           Automatic Voter Registration Passes in Senate

 

Update.

This week the State Senate passed a package of voting reforms including automatic voter registration and some alterations to New York's early voting operations. Click here to see the full list of reforms. The League joined the Senate Majority for a press conference announcing the package of reforms. You can watch the archived press conference here. Following the presser, we were able to watch the bills pass on the floor. Thank you to the members who joined us for this momentous day!

The Assembly will still need to pass these bills before they can be signed into law. Many of the bills don't currently have an Assembly sponsor and may take longer to be introduced and passed through committee to be brought to the floor. Be sure to follow the League on social media to stay up to day on actions we are taking to urge the Assembly to move these bills.

We need your help to pass Automatic Voter Registration in New York State!
The New York State Senate is planning to pass automatic voter registration on Thursday, January 9th, but we need your help to pass the bill in the Assembly so that it can be signed into law.
 
About The Bill:
The bill S.6457B (https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s6457) does not currently have "same as" legislation in the Assembly. The Assembly must amend their bill to match the Senate’s legislation and pass the bill through committee so it can be voted on by the full Assembly. 
 
The bill establishes an electronic personal voter registration process integrated within designated agency applications (DMV and Department of Health). It requires the state board of elections to promulgate necessary rules and regulations. More agencies can be added based on the Governors analysis of the program in future years. Once registered, voters will be notified of their registration and given the option to select a party enrollment.
 
This legislation will save county boards of elections time and money by streamlining the registration process. It will also greatly reduce the number of voters turned away on Election Day or during early voting because they were not previously registered. 
 
The legislation will not take effect until 2 years after it has been passed to allow the agencies tome to establish the system.
 
How You Can Help:
Join us in Albany on Thursday, January 9, at 10:30 in room 104 of the State Capitol for a press conference with the Senate Majority Leader. Stay to watch the bill pass in the Senate at 11:00 and rally with us to urge the Assembly to take up the bill.
 
Can’t make it? Contact your Assembly Member and urge them to support the bill. Find your Assembly Member here: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/
 
Call, email, or post to their social media that you want them to support automatic voter registration and for them to urge the Assembly Leader to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
 
Call script:
“Hello my name is ________ and I’m calling/emailing/messaging to urge the Assembly Member to support Automatic Voter Registration in New York State. This legislation will allow all eligible voters the opportunity to vote without having to worry about their registration status. I hope the member will work with their Assembly colleagues to quickly pass this legislation so it can be signed into law. Thank you.”
Issues referenced by this action alert: 
This action alert is related to which committees: 
VOTER SERVICE COMMITTEE