Getting on the Ballot in NY State Part 1: Background

Getting on the Ballot in New York State - Part I: Background

This post is an excerpt from our forthcoming The Ulster County Electoral Field Guide, developed by Ulster People Vice Chair Penny Coleman. We have done our best to ensure its accuracy as of March 2019.

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New York’s Election Laws (Background)

Election laws and procedures are different everywhere you go in the U.S. and at every level of federal, state and local government.  The way things are done in Ulster County might be similar to the way things are done in Columbia or Green, but don’t count on it. It’s always best to make sure you understand what the specific local rules are for the office you are seeking. Check with the BOE and never assume that what was true for last year’s election will be true for the next.

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Some background on New York State Election Politics:

If you think voting restrictions are only a southern shame, think again.  New Yorkers have endured some of the most restrictive voting rights laws, and consequently one of the worst records on voter turnout, in the country.  In 2016, we ranked 41st in voter turnout. That was an improvement over 2014, when we ranked 49th, with only 27% of eligible voters making it to the polls.

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Nominate Someone to Run for Local Office!

Do you have a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor who you think would make a great candidate? Nominate them to run for local office!

We are looking for leaders who genuinely represent their community. We are especially eager to support candidates who are women, people of color, and come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

A lot of the best candidates aren’t seeking the spotlight — they might have not even considered running for office before. Your nomination could plant the seed of something great.

Supporting First Time Candidates

Running for office can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have access to wealthy donors and political insiders. Ulster People is working to change that. Our volunteers have years of collective experience working on local campaigns in Ulster County, and we’ve developed materials designed to quickly bring first-time, grassroots candidates get up to speed.

2019 is the Year to Build Our Bench

This November in Ulster County, all 23 county legislative seats are up for election. Many other local offices are also on the ballot. If we care about building a more diverse and energetic bench of politicians, this is the year we need to do. the. work.

But because of New York State’s recent primary consolidation (overall, a good thing!), the time frame for deciding to run and get on the ballot has been greatly condensed from past years. We have less time to recruit great candidates, which makes your nominations all the more important!

Feb 12th Fair Elections Albany Day of Action

On February 12th the Fair Elections Coalition will have buses leaving from White Plains, Newburgh and Kingston headed to Albany for the Fair Elections Day of Action. Register to Get On The Bus To Albany as buses are filling up fast!

It’s time to reject the big-money status quo and make people the most important currency in Albany. We must protect and expand the freedom to vote for every eligible New Yorker and pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor matching system.

Register to Get On The Bus To Albany!

It’s time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not just big donors. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many. We must make fixing our democracy the first priority in Albany.

Space is limited so register to Get On The Bus To Albany!

JANUARY 12 DAY OF ACTION
RALLY LOCATION
Million Dollar Staircase (inside the Capitol building)
RALLY TIME:11:30 AM (Begin gathering at 11:00 AM)
LOBBY VISITS + ACTIONS: 1-3:30PM

Get On The Bus for the Feb 12th Fair Elections Albany Day of Action!

Fair Elections for NY Feb 12 Day of Action

It’s time to reject the big-money status quo and make people the most important currency in Albany.

Join the Fair Elections Coalition in Albany on February 12 to demand Fair Elections!

We must protect and expand the freedom to vote for every eligible New Yorker and pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor matching system. It’s time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not just big donors. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many. We must make fixing our democracy the first priority in Albany.  

BUS PICKUP SCHEDULE (fill out the form to sign up & secure a spot on the bus)  

White Plains: 6:30 AM
16 Ferris Ave., White Plains, NY 10601

Newburgh: 8:00 AM
60 NY Highway 17K, Newburgh, NY 12550

Kingston: 9:00 AM
I587 Park and Ride Kingston, NY 12401

Questions? Contact regional organizer Andy Falk (afalk@citizenactionny.org, 914-629-4089)

Democracy on Day 1 in Albany

From early voting to small-donor matching funds, from campaign finance restrictions to automatic voter registration, now is the time to win significant election reforms in New York.

Join us on January 9 in Albany as the NYS legislature is sworn in and holds events throughout the day.

Come hold signs and participate in swearing-in events and celebrations so we can lobby and engage legislators in support of election reforms. Let’s make sure our voices ring loud and make 2019 the year we fix New York’s broken democracy.

Call Your NY State Reps to Demand Fair Elections!

For the first time in many years, there is new and different leadership at the State Capital in Albany. The New York legislature is officially back in session, and now it is critical that we demand our lawmakers fix our broken election laws.

For too long real estate and hedge fund billionaires have used their money to block progress in Albany. It’s past time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not wealthy special interests.

The people of New York want tenant protections, education equity, decarceration, health care for all, and climate justice, but we must fix our democracy first. We need voting rights, like automatic voter registration, and we need a campaign finance system that values small donors first, not big checks from lobbyists.

The Fair Elections for NY Campaign has created a hotline that will transfer you to your elected representative, or the office of a Senator or Assembly person who is in a key position to make a difference on these issues: Dial 866-864-8567

Tell the person who answers the phone:

There’s no excuse not to fix our broken democracy. Pass voting rights and a small donor public financing system early in 2019.

Then, please fill out the form at fairelectionsny.org to let them know how your call went!

December General Meeting

It’s Ulster People’s last general meeting of 2018!

Join us for a festive dinner to celebrate our hard work and electoral victories, and learn about how we can build on these recent wins to actually pass laws to fix our broken political and economic system.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to prepare and let us know of any dietary restrictions!

On the agenda:

  • The Fair Elections for NY Campaign
  • Looking ahead: the 2019 Political Calendar
  • Updates from our working groups