Today, LDF and voting and civil rights organizations within the New York Voting Rights Coalition sent a letter to Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie in support of the enactment of S657/A885, which would be a critical complement and foundation for the NYVRA’s protections. The letter also thanks the Governor for providing $2.6 million to the Attorney General’s office for enforcement of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of NY in the Executive Budget. The letter encourages both chambers of the New York State Legislature to fully fund both S657/A885 ($2.4 million and, following the Governor’s lead, the NYVRA’s preclearance provisions ($2.6 million). 

Read the full letter here.


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