New York voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
Things you can do:
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
- Poll hours for the General Election are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- VOTER INFO HOTLINE: 1-800-367-8683
For the 2008 election New York used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Optical scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
- Shoup Lever mechanical lever voting machine.
New York State Board of Elections
- NYS BOARD OF ELECTIONS
- 40 STEUBEN STREET
- ALBANY, NY 12207-2108
- (518) 474-6220
- TDD/TTY Call the New York State Relay 711
- Westchester County Spanish-language voting announcement tells voter that Election Day is November 9, 2008. As many as 20,000 were mailed.
- October 11, 2008. Rensselaer County absentee ballots were sent out listed "Barack Osama" instead of "Barack Obama." 300 ballots were sent, and as of October 10, 2008 only three new ballots have been issued, to voters who called to report the mistake. One voter notes that people who would correct the ballot would invalidate it. It appears to be a typographical error, according to election officials from both sides.
Student voting rights
- December 2, 2008. Some college students in Queens' 11th Congressional District have been subpoenaed by Republican attorneys to verify their residences. The students are all New York residents; at issue is whether they are legally entitled to vote near the school. Steven H. Richman, the general counsel at the New York City Board of Elections, said that state law allows students to vote at polling locations close to either their home or school addresses. “A college student has the option,” Mr. Richman said. “If you’re living on campus, you have the right to register and vote from that district. Or you can register from your parents’ address. You just can’t vote in two places.” Fewer than 700 votes separate the candidates in the still-undecided 11th District State Senate race, which is seen as key for control of the State Senate.
Felon voting rights
Quoting from an October, 2008 report on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:
"[I]nterviews with election officials in New York in 2006 revealed that more than a third (38%) of the local boards incorrectly stated that people on probation are ineligible to vote. Most disconcerting, three out of the five New York City boroughs and the New York City Board of Elections were misinformed about the law."
- Main article: Felon disenfranchisement
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of New York, Mrs. Martha Kennedy, President
- 62 Grand Street
- Albany, NY 12207
- Phone: 518-465-4162
- Fax: 518-465-0812
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Albany County
- Broome and Tioga Counties
- Buffalo/Niagara Area
- Central Nassau
- Chautauqua County
- Chemung County
- Columbia County
- Cooperstown Area
- Cortland County
- East Nassau
- Great Neck
- Greater Oneida Area
- Livingston County
- Long Beach
- Mid-Hudson Region
- Nassau County
- New Castle
- New Rochelle
- New York City
- Orleans County
- Plattsburgh Area
- Port Washington/Manhasset
- Rensselaer County
- Rockland County
- Rochester Metropolitan Area
- Rye, Rye Brook and Port Chester
- Saratoga County
- Schenectady County
- Shelter Island
- Southwest Nassau
- Steuben County
- Suffolk County
- Syracuse Metro
- The Hamptons
- The Rivertowns
- Tompkins County
- Utica Metro Area
- Westchester County
- White Plains
- Website: http://www.fairvote.com/?page=2185
- Lynne Serpe
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 646-202-0825
New Yorkers for Verified Voting
- Website: http://nyvv.org
Description: Founded by Bo Lipari, NYVV is a non-partisan, not-for-profit corporation of New York State, educating and organizing on issues surrounding voting and elections in the 21st century. With organized advocacy and education, our goal is to ensure that all eligible citizens can vote, and that their votes will be accurately counted.
Voter Action New York
- New York State Board of Elections Contact Info
- Description: In New York State, the State Board of Elections is the agency responsible for elections. Decisions are made by 4 commissioners appointed to 2 year terms.
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- ↑ "NY county says in Spanish that election is Nov. 9,"AP at RealClearPolitics.com, November 3, 2008.
- ↑ "Barack 'Osama' on Ballots Sent to Voters in NY," The Brad Blog, October 10, 2008.
- ↑ "Barack 'Osama' on Rensselaer County ballots" TimesUnion.com October 11, 2008.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Jonathan P. Hicks,In Contested State Senate Race, Subpoenas for Students to Verify Residences Draw Anger, New York Times, December 1, 2008.
- ↑ Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
- ↑ From About Us page. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
- ↑ From Voter Action New York State Board of Elections Info web page. Retrieved September 17, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters provides all kinds of information to help you vote.
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for New York that helps locate New York's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See New York Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in New York. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's New York page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in New York.
- Election Law @ Moritz's New York page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in New York. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's New York general information page, which provides information on New York election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- Eric Reinagel "New voting machine already has two votes", pressconnects.com, Greater Binghamton, NY, November 4, 2008