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Sep
19
2013
NYCLU's Teen Activist Project Unveils Video on Voting Rights in New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union’s Teen Activist Project (TAP) today released a public service announcement encouraging New Yorkers to vote in the upcoming New York City election. “Our teen activists have taken on one of the pillars of our democracy,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “In just a few weeks New York City residents will have the opportunity to go to the polls to elect the city’s next mayor, what better time to remind them of the importance of the vote?”

Nov
6
2012
Trouble Voting in the Election?

The New York Civil Liberties Union usually serves as a hub for voting rights issues, but due to the devastation of Sandy, our headquarters in Lower Manhattan is closed and our phone lines are down. If you have a problem voting on Election Day, or see something troubling, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA. Trained lawyers are on hand and answering every call. If you would like to speak with an NYCLU lawyer, please email vote@nyclu.org or call (516) 741-8520.

Nov
6
2012
NYCLU & Community Groups Criticize Suffolk County for Rejecting Online Voter Registration Applications

The New York Civil Liberties Union today condemned the Suffolk County Board of Election’s unlawful policy of rejecting valid voter registration applications submitted through the New York DMV’s online system.

Nov
5
2012
NYCLU Victory in Class Action Lawsuit Protects Student Voting Rights in Presidential Election

College students who registered to vote but had their applications denied by Republican Commissioner Erik Haight will be able to vote in tomorrow's presidential election, a federal district court judge ruled from the bench late Monday afternoon.

Nov
2
2012
NYCLU and Common Cause/NY Partner to Combat Voter Intimidation on Election Day

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause/NY today announced joint measures to protect New Yorkers’ voting rights in polling districts in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, Albany and Long Island. The NYCLU and Common Cause/NY have learned that True the Vote, a Houston-based organization with a history of using voter intimidation tactics in minority and low-income voting precincts, is recruiting and training poll watchers to challenge voters on Election Day at polling places in where U.S. Congressional races are tight.

Nov
1
2012
College Students Sue Dutchess County to Remove Barrier to Student Voting in Presidential Election

Four college students have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Dutchess County Board of Elections to protect the fundamental right to vote in next week's presidential election. The students -- who attend the Culinary Institute of America, Marist College and Bard College -- registered to vote and provided both street and mailing addresses, but had their applications denied by Republican Commissioner Erik Haight because they either did not provide the technical name of their dormitory buildings or their room numbers on their applications.

Oct
11
2012
NYCLU, Brennan Center Urge Dutchess County to Remove Barrier to Voter Registration for Local College Students

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice today urged Dutchess County Board of Elections Commissioner Erik Haight to stop requiring Bard College and Culinary Institute of America students to identify the names of their dormitories on voter registration forms.

Aug
30
2012
NYCLU Launches Online Voting Rights Guide

The New York Civil Liberties Union today launched Let Me Vote – an all-inclusive guide on the right to vote in New York State. The toolkit provides everything New Yorkers need to register to vote and cast their ballots on Election Day. “The right to vote is a fundamental pillar of our democracy,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “At a time when this sacred right is under assault in states across the nation, our new voting rights guide will help empower all New Yorkers to protect their right to vote.”

Mar
16
2012
Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering Stands: Plaintiffs Drop Challenge

New Yorkers enjoyed a clear victory today, as plaintiffs in the Little v. LATFOR case dropped their challenge of the state law ending prison-based gerrymandering.

Dec
2
2011
Court Upholds State Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

New York Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine today upheld New York’s law ending prison-based gerrymandering in the Little v. LATFOR lawsuit. His decision squarely rejects the plaintiffs’ claim that the New York law violated various provisions of the New York State Constitution. The New York Civil Liberties Union was among seven civil rights organizations representing 15 voters from around New York State who joined the suit as intervenor-defendants.

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