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New York has one of the highest absentee ballot rejection rates in the country.

Good-government groups sue New York over absentee ballot rules

Good-government groups are suing the New York Board of Elections to secure improvements to what they say is a "flawed" absentee ballot verification system.

New York has consistently had one of the highest absentee ballot rejection rates in the country, and voters aren't given the opportunity to address problems, such as a missing signature. In 2018, state election officials tossed out 34,000 ballots, or 14 percent of the total mail ballots cast.

With many more New Yorkers expected to vote by mail in November due to the Covid-19 pandemic, good-government groups argue the state's current ballot verification process is unconstitutional and could lead to thousands more disenfranchised voters this fall.

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'Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy' - Book Launch with author Daniel Newman

Organizer: Fix Democracy First

Fix Democracy First and the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County are proud to co-host the virtual launch of "UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy" with author Daniel Newman, and special guest Estevan Muñoz-Howard.

Donate $35 or more to Fix Democracy First and receive a FREE copy of Unrig:

"UNRIG: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy" is an intriguing and accessible nonfiction graphic novel about the role wealth and influence play in American democracy, featuring the successful campaign for democracy vouchers in Seattle. "Unrig" exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People — including local activists in Seattle.

Location: Webinar

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Redistricting reformers to Oregon voters: You've got mail

In keeping with social distancing mandates, crusaders against partisan gerrymandering in Oregon have settled on a new old-fashioned way to recruit allies: Send a letter, by snail mail.

With the coronavirus pandemic ruling out traditional in-person canvassing across the country, many grassroots democracy efforts have gone silent — some after failing to get permission to obtain electronic signatures for their ballot measures.

Redistricting reformers in Oregon aren't going down the online route. Instead they are mailing copies of their ballot proposal, which would turn legislative mapmaking over to an independent redistricting commission, to half a million residential addresses in search of handwritten endorsements.

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