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There was a fair amount of attention given before Election Day to what impact Latino voters would have on the presidential election.

Now that we know Florida and Texas went for President Trump and Arizona is still not called, though it is leaning in former vice president Joe Biden’s favor, one thing that is clear is that there is a lot left to learn about how Latinos in America engage in politics.

According to some exit polls, President Trump captured as much as 36% of the Latino vote Tuesday night. Leading to this question - Why did so many Latinos vote for Donald Trump? To investigate – we welcome Dan Irizarry, chairman of Capital District Latinos.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that allows for email communication to voters. Emails would be in addition to postal mail.

The new book, "Represent," is an interactive and inspiring step-by-step guide showing women how to run for the approximately 500,000 elected offices in the United States.

Co-written by former chief of staff at EMILY’s list Kate Black and actress, comedian, screenwriter, producer, podcaster, and activist June Diane Raphael, "Represent" is structured around a 21-point document called “I’m Running for Office: The Checklist.” Doubling as a workbook, "Represent" covers it all, from the nuts and bolts of where to run, fundraising, and filing deadlines, to issues like balancing family and campaigning, managing social media and how running for office can work in your real life.

Kate Black joined us.

Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, joined us to present an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective. His new book is: "Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting."

In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Douglas says regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time.

Douglas is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. His most recent scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration.

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On Broadway and the West End, Alan Cumming played the Master of Ceremonies in Kander and Ebb’s masterpiece "Cabaret," winning a Tony and every other award available in the process. More recently he has toured the world with his cabaret shows, "I Bought A Blue Car Today" and "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs," which earned huge critical acclaim and sold out Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC.

His new show is "Legal Immigrant," a meditation on his ten years as an American citizen and the experiences and change he has witnessed during his time living in the States.

"Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant" will be at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 4/25.

Elaine Weiss’ new book, "The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote," rediscovers the story of American women rising up to claim their rights, as their long fight for the vote reaches its climax in 1920. This story resonates today as a surge of women's political activism reshapes the national conversation, sweeping a record number of women into city halls, state legislatures, the halls of Congress, and the 2020 contest for the White House.

The electoral “Pink Wave” of 2018 would not have been possible if not for the white and yellow wave of suffrage activists taking to the streets more than a century ago. In recent op-eds for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Daily Beast, and Lenny Letter, Elaine Weiss has written compelling commentaries linking today's headlines to historical precedent, drawn from her extensive research.

This Women’s History Month, as we witness the huge volume of female candidates running in 2018, the hundreds of thousands marching at the Women’s Marches across the country, we focus on the women who demanded and fought damn hard for their rights.

Journalist Elaine Weiss’ The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote rediscovers the powerful and inspiring story of American women rising up to claim their rights, as their long fight for the vote reaches its climax. 

National Voter Registration Day is on Tuesday, September 26th this year. Organizations all over the state will be participating in the event day by holding voter registration drives. 

The League of Women Voters operates a non-partisan electronic ballot website www.vote411.org. The ballot site provides non-partisan election information about all the candidates New Yorkers will be voting on in November.

We welcome Jennifer Wilson - Program and Policy Director for The League of Women Voters of New York State and Kathy Koebrich from the Saratoga League and Patricia Sibilia of the Albany League. 

Cuomo: Vote Or Don't Complain

Sep 13, 2016

On a state primary day, and during a hotly contested presidential campaign, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a somewhat non-partisan message to New Yorkers today: vote, or don’t complain about the results. 

  Michael Waldman is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice.

In The Second Amendment, he traced the ongoing argument on gun rights from the Bill of Rights to the current day. Now in The Fight to Vote, Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed.”

NYS Senator Wants Students To Pre-Register To Vote

May 17, 2013
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A Democratic New York state senator from the Hudson Valley wants to do something about boosting voter turnout, and has a plan that involves pre-registration.

Senator David Carlucci is trying to make it easier for students to pre-register to vote. He is sponsoring a bill that would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

This is the deadline to register in Massachusetts to vote in the April 30th party primaries to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates for the special election for U.S. Senate.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the state’s top election official, Secretary of State William Galvin.

Vote on Newtown bill possible next week

Mar 26, 2013

Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. is optimistic the Connecticut General Assembly will be ready to vote next week on a bill addressing the deadly Newtown school shooting.

The Democrat had hoped for a vote Wednesday, but said Monday that legislative leaders now plan to wait for the expected release of more information in the Dec. 14 massacre.

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Voters across Massachusetts are heading to the polls today to vote in the Democratic Primary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the races in Western Massachusetts, and filed this report…

In Pittsfield’s Ward 5A polling place, warden Fran Lysonski said that voters were coming in steadily throughout the day, and though participation is generally lower in primary elections than general elections, she expects a pickup before the polls close this evening.

CT State Police Leaders Face No Confidence Vote

Jun 26, 2012

The results of a no confidence vote against Connecticut state police leaders by state troopers are set to be announced.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Officials with the National Troopers Coalition are scheduled to count the ballots Tuesday morning and announce the results around mid-day. Ballots were mailed to more than 1,000 state police union members earlier this month and were due back Monday afternoon.

Governor Cuomo is pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s state wide school budget vote, but teachers and school board leaders see some disturbing trends.

This year’s school budget vote was the first to take place after Governor Andrew Cuomo convinced the legislature to adopt the property tax cap. The governor says the tax cap imposed “fiscal discipline.” He says he’s pleased that few schools attempted to override the cap, and that most schools kept tax increases to a minimum, and were approved by voters. He says tax payers, as well as state government, are tapped out.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax cap is being put to the test as voters cast ballots on the first batch of school budgets drafted under the new taxing limits.

Most districts have proposed budgets that stay within the boundaries established under the cap adopted last year, so it will take a simple majority of votes Tuesday for them to pass.

About 50 districts, hoping to lessen staff and program cuts, are asking taxpayers for a bigger increase in the property tax levy than the cap allows. Those budgets will need a 60 percent "super majority" to pass.

Massachusetts House leaders are preparing to unveil their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. 

Massachusetts' young voters get boost

Mar 22, 2012

Massachusetts teens as young as 16 would be allowed to "pre-register" to vote under a bill being backed by a key legislative committee on Beacon Hill. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

If the bill passes, the names of 16 and 17 year olds who pre-register would be added to the voter rolls after they turn 18.

Supporters say the bill is geared to help boost voter participation by getting teens involved in the electoral process even before they can cast a ballot.

The bill won the backing of the Legislature's Committee on Election Laws on Wednesday.