New York may one of the most reliably blue states in the U.S., but it’s got one of the lowest voter turnout rates. One reason? It’s one of about 20 states that has no early voting at all. It doesn’t even have no-excuse absentee voting. Despite efforts by advocacy groups and state lawmakers, at least 10 bills related to early voting have stalled in the legislature since last year. WNYC reporter Karen Rouse explores why.
It’s the first presidential election since the Supreme Court struck down a key portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required certain states to get preclearance if they changed their voting laws. Many of those states have made changes, and an advocacy group wants to know if this means problems for voters. The app is called, “Cada Voto Cuenta,” which is Spanish for “every vote counts.”
Electionland reporter partner WNYC reports that the New York City Board of Elections call-line went dark for hours before today’s deadline to request absentee ballots. The city knew of problems beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, but did not report the problem to the appropriate contractor until 10 a.m. on Monday. Read the rest of the story.