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Voting rights

Lawyers made their case in court for the first time Tuesday six months after the law took effect.
Legislators invoked the Capitol rioters and warned against efforts to stymie voting rights in New York.
“I believe everyone should be able to vote by mail,” Hochul said.
After a spirited debate, the council approved the measure to allow about 900,000 non-citizen New Yorkers to vote in city elections.
If enacted, the law would grant voting rights in local elections to nearly 900,000 noncitizen legal permanent residents.
The City Council will consider a proposal on Monday to let green card holders vote in local elections.
The group wants to remove a rule from the books that makes it a crime to provide food or water to people waiting in line to vote.
In its first close-up since the city’s chaotic primary election, ranked-choice voting sparked passionate debate on Monday. And both sides agree the debate is unlikely to subside anytime soon.
Voters will decide if the state should have same-day registration and no-excuse absentee ballots.
At a trial that began Wednesday, a group of Latino residents in Suffolk County claimed the Town of Islip is violating their voting rights.
"When voters have been provided with absentee ballots and assured that their votes on those ballots will be counted, the state cannot ignore a later discovered, systemic problem that arbitrarily renders those ballots invalid."
Plaintiffs argue that the absentee ballots were handled inconsistently in part because of the State Board of Elections’ reliance on the USPS.
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