Utica-Rome Metropolitan Area

Utica-Rome Metropolitan Area

The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.

The League of Women Voters of Utica-Rome Metro Area serves the people of Utica, Rome, Herkimer and the surrounding areas of Upstate NY.   



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Independent State of Mind

 
There are over 3.1 million registered voters in New York who are politically unaffiliated voters, voters who have chosen not to affiliate with any political party, and they are the second largest bloc of registered voters statewide. For context, the share of unaffiliated voters in New York is greater than the total number of voters in 29 other states.
 
As a long standing political and policy choice, New York has a closed primary system and is only one of nine states that still has a closed primary system. Only voters who affiliate with a political party are allowed to vote in that party’s primary election. For decades, this policy choice hasn’t been viewed as an urgent area of reform as most voters tended to affiliate with one of the two major political parties in the country.
 
However, as the number of unaffiliated voters has grown, the calls for primary election reform have only intensified.  Common Cause New York, a longtime leader in the voting rights and democracy space, received generous funding from The New York Community Trust to conduct a statewide poll and qualitative focus groups of unaffiliated voters in the late summer and fall of 2023. Our research mandate was clear: develop and analyze clear, actionable data on unaffiliated voters, understand their motivations, and identify any policy proposals that could deepen and strengthen their civic and electoral engagement.
 
This report is the culmination of such efforts and our findings are clear.

Read the full report HERE.

 
Public Statement

JACKSON, Miss. — The League of Women Voters of the US, the League of Women Voters of Mississippi, the Mississippi Center for Justice, One Voice, Mississippi Votes, Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign, Reaching and Educating for Community Hope (RECH) Foundation, Strong Arms of Mississippi, Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition, People’s Advocacy Institute, and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, filed an amicus brief late Wednesday in Hopkins v. Watkins, urging the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to declare Mississippi’s lifetime felony disenfranchisement law — Section 241 — cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. The groups are represented by pro bono attorneys Matthew Sloan, Lauren Aguiar, Shaud Tavakoli, Daniel Bleiberg, Andrew Karp, and Kathleen Shelton. 

 

Blog Post

On the final day of Pride month, June 30, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of a business owner seeking to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ persons, striking a blow against Americans’ right to live free from discrimination. The ones who should have upheld principles of equality and fairness — our nation’s highest Court — failed. 

News

LWVUS CEO, Virginia Kase Solomón, joined Our Body Politic to discuss threats and issues poll workers face protecting our democracy.

Blog Post

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Short videos that our members made that will assist new or interested citizens in navigating the voting process, from obtaining a registration form, early voting and including voting absentee. 

On May 4, 2021 the governor signed legislation that allows anyone on parole to vote in all elections. The final video is addressed to all parolees.

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