Elections

Elections

Which electoral reforms would make the biggest difference?

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature want to expand voting access and enable more participation, some reforms will work better than others, voting rights experts say. Based on data in other states, here is a ranking of potential reforms – from most to least effective at increasing the size and diversity of the electorate.

New York City

Vote to improve campaign finance, community boards and civic engagement

Here’s why the New York City mayor’s Charter Revision Commission produced its three proposals, writes Cesar Perales.

New York City

New campaign finance reform would return power to the people

Ballot Question 1 from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Charter Revision Commission would lower donation limits and increase public matching funds.

Elections

Automatic voter registration would ease NY's problems at the polls

If New York wants to be a progressive model for the country, its voting laws should reflect that reality. That’s why it’s time to pass automatic voter registration.

Sean Patrick Maloney

Leecia Eve: corporate and qualified for AG

Leecia Eve is running on her corporate corporate experience in the Attorney General race and considers herself the most independent candidate.

New York State Assembly

Voters question petition signatures for Assemblyman Brian Miller

More than a dozen of people whose names submitted on ballot petitions for Assemblyman Brian Miller for the Conservative Party line deny they ever signed it, despite their addresses and supposed signatures appearing on the petitions, with some calling it a “forgery.”

New York City

What you need to know about the NYC charter revision commissions

Few New York City residents know that the city’s charter is being revisited not once, but twice. To get up to speed, here are the basic details about the process – and what key officials are saying about how it’s playing out.  

Jose Serrano

Reform Party hosting candidate-less congressional primaries

The write-in contest is intended to promote idiosyncratic election law proposals

Zephyr Teachout

Bar admittance unlikely to impede a Teachout attorney general run

Law professor Zephyr Teachout isn’t admitted to the New York state bar, posing a political hurdle to her potential candidacy for state attorney general, but that may be fixed more easily than some experts expected.

Elections

New York City should expand voting rights as part of charter revision

New York state keeps failing to ease voting, but New York City can do it on their own.

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John DeFrancisco

Retiring state senators a threat to Republican majority

The just-announced plans of state Sens. Kathy Marchione, John DeFrancisco and John Bonacic to step down give Republicans more reason to worry about their place in Albany

Kathy Hochul

Further proof that Kathy Hochul should not run for Chris Collins’ seat

It's too late to enter the Democratic primary.

Andrew Cuomo

Takeaways from the state Senate Democratic unity announcement

Looking like classmates forced by their parents to play together, state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Independent Conference Leader Jeff Klein joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Wednesday to officially announce the reunification of the IDC with the legislative body’s mainline Democrats.

Working Families Party

The WFP’s Bill Lipton on state Senate Democratic reunification

The Working Families Party's New York state political director Bill Lipton said that while he supports reunification and the ascension of Andrea Stewart-Cousins to lead a united Senate Democratic conference, the WFP is sticking with its endorsements of candidates challenging members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference.

Elections

The voting reforms that New York should pass

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a number of election reforms. What difference would each of them make?

Louise Slaughter

Will loss of Slaughter cost Democrats her seat?

Rep. Louise Slaughter's Rochester-area seat could be competitive.

Andrew Cuomo

Which party would really benefit from Cuomo’s voting reforms?

So if Republicans block Cuomo’s election reform proposals making it easier to vote, they may be protecting their party but losing an opportunity to make politics less divisive.