Date: Jun 17, 2020Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

VIRTUAL – Voting by Mail in 2020 – in General and in New York in Particular

Wed, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM Zoom Meeting (Information to be sent to Registrants)
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In the age of COVID-19, Democrats are pushing for voting by mail, while President Trump claims it is “rigged” and “corrupt.” Both parties may be wrong. Voting by mail does not benefit Democrats. If anything, it benefits Republicans. Voting by mail is not corrupt. There is relatively little fraud. Voting by mail is becoming commonplace. Some states have 100% voting by mail, while others, like California and Arizona, have 60% and 79%. Voting by mail is a safe and efficient system, unless you live in N.Y.

Of all 50 states, N.Y. has the worst problems with voting by mail.

• In 2018, N.Y. only had 3.6% voting by mail.
• Almost 10% of the votes received were not counted.
• 15.% the votes counted were rejected, compared to a national average of 1.4%
• Only 53% of New Yorkers who requested mail-in ballots had their votes counted.
• N.Y. rejected provisional votes at 5x the national average.

If New York had these many problems in the 2018, when there were few absentee votes, what will happen in 2020 when the number of absentee votes will skyrocket?

New York’s voter list is more outdated than that of any other state. N.Y. does not inform people when their votes are rejected or not counted. N.Y. does not start counting mail-in votes until election day. New York is not ready for an upsurge in mail-in voting.

Unless New York takes action now, we believe more than 50% of people who ask for mail-in ballots will not have their votes counted. This could jeopardize the legitimacy of many elections in New York.

In this presentation and discussion by Peter Siris and Reform Elections Now, we will consider all of the strengths and weaknesses of mail-in voting, then focus on the unique problems in New York State, and make recommendations as to actions that can be taken to avoid jeopardizing the 2020 election.

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Date: Jun 17, 2020Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM


Zoom Meeting (Information to be sent to Registrants)1460 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
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Lee Backus, Dan Baker, Mauricio Barberi Blum, Susan Benjamin, Robert Berns, Jacquelyn Bonner, Constance Chan, Sean Coar, Eileen Conroy, Elizabeth Crabill, Mary Flannery, Robert Fletcher, Douglas Fried, Dom Furlong, John German, Antoinette Govan, Antoinette Govan, Leslie Green, Leah Hanlon, John Hoey, Beth Horowitz, Nicole Jacoby, Mary Ellen Johnson, Richard Kane, Herbert Kaplan, Mary Jane Kaplan, Donald Krueger, Margaret Langan, Mark Mason, Diana Mayer, Aileen McKenna, Ruth Messinger, Joseph Morein, Tony Nguyen, Evelyne Otten, Michael Otten, Margit Pearson, Thomas Pyle, Ronald Randall, William Rosser, Brendan Scollans, Joel Shapiro, John Shue, Peter Siris, Edward Smith, Rita Soltesz, Catherine Stephenson, Kenneth Tatum, Desiree Thomas, Robert Verna, Kristal Viera, Nina Wanerman, Shannan Wilson, Barbara Wyckoff, Everett Young, Kwame van Leeuwen


Peter Siris '68

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1460 Broadway, New York, NY, 10036