As part of the New York Voting Rights Consortium, a group of leading local and national voting-rights advocates, LDF wrote to leaders of the NY State Legislature today to strongly encourage the adoption of five voting-rights measures as legislative priorities for the 2019 session. Taking this action is necessary to prevent New York’s current system of needlessly restrictive—and likely racially discriminatory—election laws from continuing to deny eligible New Yorkers their fundamental right to vote.

Reforms such as early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, automatic and same-day voter registration and voting rights restoration have long been in place elsewhere in the country and have increased voter registration and turnout rates, especially for minority voters.

Read our full letter here.

The New York Voting Rights Consortium is a non-partisan coalition consisting of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and others. The New York Voting Rights Consortium is committed to the full enforcement of federal and state laws that protect the voting rights of people of color.