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New Voting Rights Act Rewrite Would Revive Federal Oversight for Only 4 States | National Journal

New Yorkers and our congressional representatives should welcome and support the new [amended] Voting Rights Act of 2014 which updates the Section 4 coverage formula. Continue reading

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Voting Materials Ballots in Bengali Available In Time for 2013 Elections

On Tuesday, the NYC BOE announced that 60 Queens  pollsites will have election materials in Bengali. And should the use of lever machines be authorized, the ballot strips will also be printed in Bengali. Following the 2010 census, the USDOJ … Continue reading

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Bronx Residents React to Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision – WNYC

http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/jun/25/bronx-supreme-court-voting-rights-act-decision-already-being-felt/ For Michael Benjamin, a former Democratic state assemblyman from the Bronx, this is exactly why Section 4 needed to be struck down.

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VRA-Inspired GOP Gerrymandering Dilutes Black Influence on Congressional Races (@SquarePeg_Dem)

VRA-inspired gerrymandering marginalizes black voters influence in 2014 congressional & state legislature races. True/false?

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Call 1-855-NYS-SANDY for up-to-date Election Information

This evening, NYS Board of Elections co-chair Douglas Kellner sent me this notice from the SBOE regarding the toll-free number established to respond to questions about voting, poll site changes and absentee ballots. Election Day, Tuesday November 6th, Polls open 6am … Continue reading

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Rev. A.R. Bernard Sets the Record Straight on Voting This November

  The Daily Beast recently published, Is the Black Vote Really in Play?, wherein Brooklyn mega-church pastor Rev. A.R. Bernard sets the record straight on an AP story linking him to an alleged movement by black ministers to boycott President … Continue reading

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Download the new NYC Board of Elections App – Updated

On Monday, the NYC Board of Elections introduced its new mobile app for locating city poll sites. Presently, the app is only available for Blackberry. An iPhone app will be available in time for the November General Election. Android andMS … Continue reading

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Voting Rights Act and Language Minority Rights Explored

  For some reason I’ve become obsessed with NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s recent order ending ‘English-only’ elections in ten upstate counties by applying a federal law enacted to ensure voter participation by American citizens of Puerto Rican heritage that … Continue reading

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More on AG Schneiderman’s inventive use of Section 4(e) VRA

Schneiderman’s inventive use of Section 4(e) of the federal Voting Act Act is an action will burst open an electoral floodgate. I truly admire his “out-of-the-box” thinking but disagree with the statute’s application in those upstate counties. And I will … Continue reading

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AG Schneiderman tells 10 NY counties to help bilingual voters – Could tip state senate

This evening, I came across this Associated Press report on Liz Benjamin’s State of Politics blog about New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sending letters to 10 upstate counties advising them to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters from Puerto Rico as required … Continue reading

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