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Voting Reform, Campaign Finance, Ethics

Voting rights are under siege across the United States. From restrictive voter ID laws to cuts in early voting, states have been making it harder for people to vote, especially low-income people and people of color. Meanwhile, New York has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country and one of the lowest turnout rates. As ballot access is challenged around the country, New York should affirm voting as a fundamental right and expand voting access. We need to protect voting rights and election infrastructure, enhance transparency of campaign contributions and root out corruption in public offices.

 

 
 

Stats

  • In 2016, New York’s turnout was 57.2 percent, eighth-worst in the nation (Times Union).

  • Without early voting or vote by mail, New Yorkers have one day and one day only to go to the polls.

 
 
 

Action

  • Pass the Voter Empowerment Act of New York which would establish automatic voter registration, allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register, expand access to online voter registration, move the registration deadline to 10 days prior to an election, and increase voter privacy and security of registration records. Alessandra supports adding early voting, no-excuse absentee ballots, and same-day voter registration.

  • Pass the Fair Elections Act to create public financing for legislative and statewide races by matching contributions from small donors. This should be extended to cover district attorney races.

  • Close the LLC loophole that allows wealthy individuals to contribute millions of dollars to candidates through limited liability corporations.

  • Support Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order to expand voting rights to individuals on parole.

  • Create a public database of companies receiving state subsidies in exchange for promising to create jobs to promote transparency.

  • Ban pay-to-play.

  • Require future presidential candidates to release their tax returns to the public in order to be listed on the ballot.

  • Prohibit executive branch appointees and members of their households from donating to the governor they were appointed by for the length of their terms and a year following.

  • Pass The New York State Procurement Integrity Act, which would give the Comptroller authority to vet SUNY contracts over $1 million.