On 5/5 at 5PM, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; State Senators Zellnor Myrie, Alessandra Biaggi, and Brad Hoylman; City Council Members Carlina Rivera and Brad Lander; activist Jessica Rosario, and youth reps from Next Generation Politics, YVote, Generation Citizen, Coalition Z, CUNY USS, and NYPIRG hosted a Take Back the Vote Youth Rally, joined by over 1100 citizens on Facebook Live and now archived on the Public Advocate’s Facebook page.
Check out the presentation by Next Gen Civic Fellows:
And by our YVote Peer Leaders:
- New York State has the second lowest youth voter turnout of any state in the whole country (you read that right)
- Currently, in order to register online you must have a driver’s license or state ID (and registration through the DMV is largely unknown and hard to use)
- There are over 700,000 people in NY who do not have either of these
- This disproportionately affects young people, especially those now eligible to pre-register
- Over 90,000 NYC residents will turn 18 this year
- Over 500,000 18-29 year olds are not registered in NYC
- The upcoming election is one of the most important in our lives yet young people currently have no real way to register
- Presidential elections inspire many, many more times as many first time voters to register than in non-presidential election years. By not having a way youth can pre/register, a once every four year window will close and leave young people shut out
- NYC HAS an online voter registration platform ready to be used, but it has been blocked by the state Board of Elections. Bill S6463 and A8473 are teed up to legalize this–but neither the State Senate nor State Assembly are currently meeting. Alternatively, with a stroke of the pen, Governor Cuomo could enact this. If he’s committed to voter enfranchisement–and young voter enfranchisement–he must do this.
Here is an article about the rally from the Daily News. Please help us continue to mobilize for this long overdue–and now vitally necessary–reform. Contact your local legislator–you can find your State Senator here and your State Assembly Member here–and advocate for your State Senator to support Bill 6463 and your State Assembly Member to support A8473. These are non-partisan bills that will provide enfranchisement for many more voters across New York State.