Addressing the ongoing public health crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic may require real changes to how New Yorkers exercise constitutional rights, including the right to vote. As a first and immediate step, we must ensure that as many voters as possible can vote by mail.
Legislative advocacy is a critical part of the NYCLU's interdisciplinary approach to protecting civil liberties, which also includes litigation, community organizing, and communications.
As part of its work to affect legislation the NYCLU distributes dozens of legislative memoranda each year. Legislative memoranda are position papers that the NYCLU distributes to the governor's office and to state legislators and their staffs laying out our views on bills under deliberation or on issues that we feel the Legislature needs to address.