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Sue Board of Elections to make Early Voting easier

Mayor de Blasio today hosted elected officials and advocates at a rally demanding that the Board of Elections make Early Voting easy for New Yorkers. The Mayor urged the BOE to use $75 million dedicated in the Executive Budget to open 100 early voting sites, ensuring no New Yorker has to travel far to cast an early ballot this November. In addition to helping seniors, people with disabilities, parents and people who have a difficult work schedule, early voting can potentially help prevent long lines, confusion and broken ballot machines on Election Day, which New Yorkers experienced in the 2018 General Election.

Said Mayor de Blasio. "The Board of Elections must abandon their age old practice of doing the bare minimum. They must do right by New Yorkers, and we're giving them the funding to do it." In February, the BOE sued the City to bar City interpreters from being placed inside poll sites to make voting easier for limited English Proficient New Yorkers. The BOE lawsuit is ongoing.

Source: Mayoral press release, "Early Voting," NYC.gov , Apr 29, 2019

Let's get Big Money out of politics

I laid out ways to strengthen our local democracy and protect our rights. We won ballot measures that expand participatory budgeting, and thank you to the Council for leading the way and innovating that extraordinary new process.

And the people spoke loud & clear in November. They said, let's get Big Money out of politics. So from now on in NYC, every day people will be able to run for office without ever having to talk to a single big donor. They'll be able to win elections with grassroots dollars.

Source: 2019 State of the City address , Jan 10, 2019

Same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail

We have to make this the year we pass fundamental reforms in our democracy. We've got to make it easy for people to participate, easy to vote. Voting should be something people want to do, not something that feels impossible.

This year, we can pass early voting and same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail. Instead of being the hardest state to cast a vote in, how about we become the easiest state to cast a vote in?

Source: 2019 State of the City address , Jan 10, 2019

Battle corrupting influence of corporate money in politics

During my time in public office, I've taken on unscrupulous landlords; protected children who were victims of neglect and abuse; battled the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics; fought to repair broken policing policies; and championed working family issues like paid sick leave and living wage laws.
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com , Oct 22, 2013

Citizens United is a body blow to our democracy

The Citizens United decision delivered a body blow to our democracy and a fair and equitable election system. Bill de Blasio has successfully pressured companies such as JPMorgan, & Citigroup to adopt policies against spending their corporate treasury dollars in elections. In August 2010, de Blasio also founded the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), the nation's first and only bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to curbing corporate influence in our elections
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com , Oct 22, 2013

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