On Wednesday, March 7th the League along with the Election Commissioners Association of New York State, New York State Association of Counties, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and Common Cause/NY held a press conference in room 130 of the Legislative Office building. This meeting was held to encourage a single, combined congressional and state primary. The League believes that a single primary is the only and best way to ensure voter turnout does not suffer and that our military men and women are not disenfranchised. The conference had good media turn-out, with print, radio and television coverage. Please look for it in your local news. Click here to view the press release.
Redistricting remains an issue on the minds of all legislators here in Albany. This week, Sally Robinson, LWVNYS VP Issues and Advocacy sent an update on redistricting to League members. The League believes that the Governor should use his veto threat, and the power it gives him to negotiate with the Legislature, to not only improve the 2012 lines but also to achieve certain and permanent structural reform to the redistricting process. Permanent structural reform can only be achieved through a constitutional amendment but momentum for this has typically diminished greatly in the years following each redistricting battle. Click here to view more of the redistricting update.