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NYCLU, Common Cause NY Deliver Oral Arguments Challenging Republican Party’s Voter Suppression Attempt  

ALBANY – Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause New York delivered oral arguments challenging an attempt by Republican and Conservative Party leaders to suppress the vote and undermine New York state laws that bolster absentee voting.

“New Yorkers who need absentee ballots — whether they’re vulnerable to COVID-19 or unable to make it to the polls — shouldn’t be considered second-class voters,” said Perry Grossman, supervising attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union. “New York’s recent voting laws were a major step in strengthening access to the ballot and the NYCLU is working to ensure that political actors can’t undermine these much-needed reforms to advance their partisan agenda.”

The lawsuit, brought by Republican and Conservative Party leaders, seeks to challenge a 2022 law that expedites absentee ballot canvassing, and to throw out another recent law allowing voters who fear contracting COVID-19 to send in absentee ballots. Following a motion to appeal by NYCLU and other parties defending the state’s absentee ballot canvassing laws, a judge granted a stay, blocking a previous ruling that would have stopped election officials from counting absentee ballots in a timely manner.

Today’s oral arguments were delivered at the Third Department in the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court.

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