Victories for an Accurate Census
In case you missed it on June 27th, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the U.S. Commerce Department’s inclusion of the “citizenship question” on the 2020 Census. Read CU’s full statement HERE.
In New York City, we are celebrating another victory – thanks to CU’s advocacy, and with the help of the NY Counts 2020 coalition, on June 14th $40 million was appropriated in the City budget to fund census outreach. We are continuing to advise the City Council on community needs and making recommendations for how the funding should be distributed.
Though we’ve been working for the past year to ensure an accurate count (funding for safety net programs and the number of New York State electoral college votes depend on it), the real hard work begins now to get out the count.
RCV and CCRB Reform Get a Boost
On June 18, the NYC Charter Revision Commission finalized issues for November’s ballot. Two are reforms CU has long backed: one, rank choice voting (RCV), to eliminate expensive primary run offs and candidates winning by razor-thin margins in packed races, and two, strengthening the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s (CCRB) oversight of the police department.
Implementing Early Voting
In January, the state legislature passed early voting, bringing us in line with 38 other states. Early voting has been a core issue of CU for many years, and this is a big win for New York voters. CU continues to advocate with the Board of Elections to ensure there are enough early voting sites available, and that the machinery the Board of Elections purchases to facilitate this process is appropriate and effective.