Soooo, when are we getting those election results?
It’s been three weeks since the June primaries, and we still don’t know many of the results. Will this be the week that we finally find out who won?
Not so, according to Brigid Bergin at WNYC. Many of NY’s elections are close, and there will be a great deal of litigation involved, as candidates generally don’t care about your right to vote unless you’re one of their supporters.
Another reason for the delay is the sheer volume of absentee ballots – WNYC estimates that half the ballots in this year’s elections were absentee. And – take a deep breath – it’s estimated that nearly a quarter of those ballots are beinginvalidated, particularly ballots from majority-minority neighborhoods.
In other words, there’s a lot of voter disenfranchisement that has to take place before we can get our election results.
The New York State legislature will be meeting next week, and there are a ton of bills meant to remedy our democratic ills – such as by:
- requiring that the BOE accept ballots that aren’t postmarked (a problem the Cuomo administration won’t address)
- prohibiting the BOE from tossing out ballots that have stray marks (when the intent of the voter is clear)
- allowing voters to track their absentee ballots
And if you see one of these bills, one of the best things you can do is call your legislator and urge their support – and work with one of the many organizations around the state advocating for those bills right now – organizations such as RepresentUs NY.
Real estate may be donating more to Democrats than before, but real estate donations as a whole are actually down as candidates begin to turn against the industry. According to Gotham Gazette, “contributions to [the Real Estate Board of NY’s] PAC went from over $1.3 million in 2018, a similar amount to what it received in 2016 and 2017, to about $200,000 in 2019.” Only a single candidate has received more than $10,000 in 2020. Senator Mike Gianaris, since pledging to reject real estate donations, now has more small-dollar donations than most candidates in the state (he once had among the least).
Four good government groups wrote a letter suggesting that the Governor’s emergency powers should be watered down. The governor did not take kindly to the idea, says WIVB news.
Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse, who lost a primary election after pleading guilty to wire fraud, filed for unemployment, according to the Times Union.The City attorney is contesting the claim. “We have never paid unemployment to an elected official who lost an election or didn’t run for re-election,” says the City Comptroller.
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