The New York Voting Rights Consortium– a non-partisan coalition of civil rights organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College—sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and members of the New York State and New York City Boards of Election expressing concerns over the June 30, 2020 primary election in New York. Along with the long lines voters experienced on election day, tens of thousands of absentee ballots were not mailed in time, many poll workers gave incorrect information or instructions and did not allow voters to vote in all elections for which they were eligible, and many valid absentee ballots are currently going, or have gone, uncounted.
The letter requests a response to the concerns by August 7, 2020.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.