Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Civic Groups to City Board: Do not discontinue postage-paid voter registration forms

Yesterday, a coalition of civic groups urged the New York City Board of Elections to continue its practice of printing and distributing postage-paid voter registration forms. The City Board has been considering a recommendation that the practice be discontinued, but the Commissioners of the Board have yet to publicly consider the matter.

The letter urges that this important matter be subject to public debate and consideration. The groups, including the Brennan Center, raise concerns over the likely discriminatory effect this will have on low income and minority voters who are more likely to mail in their registration forms. “The postage-paid policy is a small expense to ensure broad and equal access to the franchise,” the letter says.

To read the full letter, click here.

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