The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is vast, and we are working to make sure that all voters affected by the storm are able to overcome any obstacles preventing them from having their vote counted. Last week, we sent two letters--one to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and another to Governor Andrew Cuomo—asking them to help voters overcome barriers to casting their ballot by providing more opportunities to cast their vote. In these letters we requested an executive order allowing displaced voters in both states who are unable to access their assigned polling station be permitted to cast an affidavit (New York) or provisional (New Jersey) ballot at polling places out of precinct and out of county, as a major step toward making sure every ballot is counted. After Election Day, the eligibility of each voter and ballot can be determined.
New Jersey has already responded and allowed voters to cast provisional ballots out of precinct and also allowing displaced voters to vote absentee by email or fax or at a precinct or polling location outside of their own.
For more information on Election changes due to Hurricane Sandy, check back on our website.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Common Cause/New York
League of Women Voters of New York
New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG)
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
New York Immigration Coalition
Arab American Association of New York
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN)
El Centro del Immigrante
Hudson Valley Community Coalition
Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc.
Korean Americans for Political Advancement
MinKwon Center for Community Action
National Network for Arab American Communities
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
New York State Immigrant Action Fund
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Queens Community House
Russian American Voters Educational League (RAVEL)
Taking Our Seat
Westchester Hispanic Coalition
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
Long Island Progressive Coalition
Long Island Civic Engagement Table
Chinese Progressive Association
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
Rockland Immigration Coalition