Increase the power of small donations: It is critical we implement a small donor matching system for state elections, including District Attorneys, like the successful programs in New York City and Connecticut. By matching small dollar donations 6-to-1, we can amplify the voice of women, people of color, and other underrepresented New Yorkers in the political process. Adequate enforcement as well as robust candidate support services would ensure the matching funds program runs smoothly.
Limit the influence of big money: The very wealthy and corporations shouldn’t be allowed to buy elections. We can put a check on their outsize influence by closing the “LLC loophole,” which allows mega donors to funnel limitless amounts to candidates, and by reducing New York’s unusually high contribution limits, among other improvements.
Make it easier, not harder, to vote: We must protect and expand the freedom to vote for every eligible New Yorker by enacting automatic voter registration, early voting, uniform polling hours, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and full voting access for people with disabilities.
Restore voting rights to New Yorkers on parole: Over 40,000 New Yorkers who are on parole must be allowed to vote. We need a full investigation of the purging of voter rolls and new training, support & oversight for boards of elections to make sure that voters are never unfairly removed from the rolls again.