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League of Women Voters

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New York is the 39th state to allow some form of early voting.

First early voting will be complicated for many New Yorkers

New Yorkers will get their first opportunity to cast early ballots this fall, but expectations the change will boost turnout are being dampened by a hodgepodge of local rules and the absence of any statewide races.

Thanks to a law enacted this spring, voters in the nation's fourth most populous state can vote in person on any of nine consecutive days before Election Day (Saturday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 3, this year). New York is the 39th state to allow at least some form of early balloting. Of the 10 biggest states, Pennsylvania is now the only one without any early voting

But elections in the Empire State are run by counties, so the procedures for early will be different in each. The League of Women Voters of New York took a statewide look at what's in store and reported that many rural counties upstate will have just one polling place where people can make their choices for entirely local contests and referendums. In 18 counties, voters will have their choice of multiple polling places, but in nine others (including Albany, the five boroughs of New York City and two of its biggest suburban counties, Westchester and Suffolk) voters will be assigned to a specific polling place.

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The unofficial holiday helps register thousands of voters each year.

Over 500 locations in one National Voter Registration Day drive

More than 500 registration events will be held across the country Tuesday by the League of Women Voters.

The events will be held as part of National Voter Registration Day. The unofficial holiday, always the fourth Tuesday of September, was created in 2012 by a broad group of civic educators and state and local election officials to boost awareness of registration opportunities and get as many thousands of new people as possible added to the rolls almost simultaneously.

This year, LWV volunteers plan to host in-person registration events at public locations such as transit stops, sporting events and naturalization ceremonies, while also promoting the group's newly redesigned website for election information,

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This League of Women Voters map shows how the group plans to focus its $500,000 anti-gerrymandering campaign in each state over the next three years.

League of Women Voters launches $500K anti-gerrymandering campaign

The League of Women Voters is launching a half-million-dollar nationwide campaign to make sure the country's electoral boundaries are drawn to assure more competition in the next decade.

The plan, announced Thursday by one of the nation's most venerable civic organizations, is "focused on creating fair political maps nationwide" — a goal that's not otherwise explicitly explained, but seems clearly intended to tackle the rise in aggressively partisan gerrymandering.

The investment toward the adoption of voting districts drawn without partisan intent following the 2020 census includes varying approaches.

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