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Button for a national campaign launched by NY businessman Tom Golisano to use the popular vote count to determine the presidential winner.
Button for a national campaign launched by NY businessman Tom Golisano to use the popular vote count to determine the presidential winner.

NY lawmakers approve "National Popular Vote" bill

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in an interstate agreement to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

The National Popular Vote agreement is triggered when 270 electoral votes are reached, enough to give the states who signed the compact a majority of the electoral votes.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

Reformers focus on "useless" state Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Cuomo's anti corruption commission's recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.  Go to full article
Teresa Macaluso, left, says goodbye to her final guests - her mother and sister - after a small election-day party at her home. She retained her seat on City Council. Photo: Joanna Richards
Teresa Macaluso, left, says goodbye to her final guests - her mother and sister - after a small election-day party at her home. She retained her seat on City Council. Photo: Joanna Richards

Split decision for Watertown City Council

Watertown's City Council contest pitted two fiscally conservative incumbents against two political newcomers who want city government to think more broadly about its role. The voters went for one of each.  Go to full article
The Capitol Building in Albany.
The Capitol Building in Albany.

BOE officials grilled at corruption commission hearing

State Board of Elections officials received a verbal drubbing from commissioners on Governor Cuomo's anti-corruption commission during a lengthy hearing over their failure to pursue complaints about campaign violations over the past several years  Go to full article

Cuomo to appoint panel to review campaign finance reforms

Governor Cuomo says he will be announcing his Moreland Act commission to investigate the campaign donation filings of the legislature, possibly as early as today.  Go to full article
Some New York leaders want to begin voting two weeks before election day.  Photo: Julie Grant
Some New York leaders want to begin voting two weeks before election day. Photo: Julie Grant

New York considers early voting system

The state's Attorney General and Assembly Speaker have proposed an early voting system for New York that they say can improve voter participation and democracy.  Go to full article
Its very expensive for the state...I dont think the tax payers want to pay for three elections.

Governor says three primary dates "less than ideal"

Governor Cuomo says the possibility of three primary elections in New York this year is not in anyone's best interest.

A federal judge has already ruled that congressional primaries must be held June 26. While Assembly Democrats would like statewide primaries to also be held on that date, Senate Republicans prefer an August primary.

If no action is taken, the statewide primaries will automatically fall on September 11 this year. The presidential primary is in April. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Possible Spring Election in Canada as opposition rejects federal budget

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the Conservative Government's proposed budget to Parliament Tuesday afternoon. All three opposition parties immediately announced they will not support it - which could force a federal election this Spring. Should a no-confidence measure pass, Members of Parliament will head back to the polls, in a short election cycle of about 6 weeks duration. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article
Sheik Rokhan with Captain Lackey.  Photo by Bill Putnam.
Sheik Rokhan with Captain Lackey. Photo by Bill Putnam.

In the First Person: A Sunni Sheik on Election Eve

In Iraq, tribal Sheiks are often central figures for the U.S. military. Unit commanders meet often with sheiks to talk about local events and act as a mutual bridge between U.S. soldiers and Iraqis. Lately, a lot of the talk has centered on Thursday's elections. Freelance photojournalist Bill Putnam recently sat in on one such conversation. Captain Adam Lackey of the 101st Airborne Division spoke with a sheik in Bayji, in the area known as the Sunni triangle. Their conversation was far-ranging, from the Sunni sheik's surprising support of a Shiite candidate, to concerns over ballot rigging and Iran, to the sheik's desires for a secular Iraq. Putnam sent us this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Public Weighs in on New Voting Machines

New York State is under federal mandate to have new voting machines on line by next November's elections under the Federal Help America Vote Act. But the State Board of Elections is still trying to adopt standards for those machines. Members of the State Board got an earful at the first of three public hearings, held in Rochester yesterday. Bud Lowell at public radio station WXXI reports.  Go to full article

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