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Online Voter Registration Creeps Into New York

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New York just became the 11th state to allow online voter registration.

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Study: Matching Funds Up Donor Diversity in NYC

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Less wealthy, more racially diverse: That's the donor profile for elections in New York City, where a system of matching small campaign donations with public funds allows minorities and lower-income individuals greater influence than in state elections without a similar system, according to a new study.

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Thousands of NY Votes Tossed Over Ballot Confusion

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tens of thousands of votes cast in New York State last year were voided after voters filled out too many ovals on their ballot and then didn't understand the scanning machine's warnings, a new report found.

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Designing a Clearer Ballot

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Listen to a discussion of the new ballot design bill from the Brian Lehrer Show above.

Your ballot may be getting a makeover.

Ballot DetailIn the primary and general elections last fall, voters across New York City struggled with new paper ballots. But local officials said many of the design issues, and even incorrect instructions, are written into state law.

Today, state Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) is announcing a bill that would change the election law to allow for clearer ballots -- with the aim of making it easier to vote.

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Where Prisoners Get Counted as Citizens and Why it Matters

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Justice Department just approved New York's right to count prisoners in their home districts, rather than in their county of incarceration. How will that change the state legislative map in a year when redistricting reform already has blood boiling in Albany?