New York, N.Y. (October 22, 2019)— Citizens Union, a leading good government group committed to reforming New York City and State government to foster accountability, accessibility, and transparency, issues the following statement from executive director Betsy Gotbaum:
Thanks to the advocacy of Citizens Union, this fall New York becomes the 38th state to implement early voting. We applaud the State legislature and governor for passing this important reform, and the mayor for funding early voting in the city budget. Anything that makes voting easier strengthens the democratic process. This is especially important in New York, which is consistently ranked as one of the worst states for voter turnout.
We encourage New Yorkers to take advantage of the additional voting time and make their voices heard at the ballot box. And we encourage the Board of Elections to ensure all goes smoothly, so that we are well-prepared for next year’s elections, beginning with the presidential primary, which will surely see higher turnout.
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Citizens Union (CU) is committed to reforming New York City and State government to foster accountability, accessibility, transparency, honesty, and the highest ethical standards. For the past 120 years, we at Citizens Union have devoted ourselves to holding our local governments accountable to do better in all of these areas, and we remain committed to enfranchising all New Yorkers. The many initiatives that we are currently advancing include ethics reform, increased voter participation and civic engagement, greater policy accountability, and a truly accurate 2020 census. In all of these efforts, we have been—and will remain—nonpartisan. Learn more at www.citizensunion.org.