NYS Senator Wants Students To Pre-Register To Vote

May 17, 2013
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A Democratic New York state senator from the Hudson Valley wants to do something about boosting voter turnout, and has a plan that involves pre-registration.

Senator David Carlucci is trying to make it easier for students to pre-register to vote. He is sponsoring a bill that would allow 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

This is the deadline to register in Massachusetts to vote in the April 30th party primaries to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates for the special election for U.S. Senate.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the state’s top election official, Secretary of State William Galvin.

Vote on Newtown bill possible next week

Mar 26, 2013

Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr. is optimistic the Connecticut General Assembly will be ready to vote next week on a bill addressing the deadly Newtown school shooting.

The Democrat had hoped for a vote Wednesday, but said Monday that legislative leaders now plan to wait for the expected release of more information in the Dec. 14 massacre.

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Voters across Massachusetts are heading to the polls today to vote in the Democratic Primary. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at the races in Western Massachusetts, and filed this report…

In Pittsfield’s Ward 5A polling place, warden Fran Lysonski said that voters were coming in steadily throughout the day, and though participation is generally lower in primary elections than general elections, she expects a pickup before the polls close this evening.

CT State Police Leaders Face No Confidence Vote

Jun 26, 2012

The results of a no confidence vote against Connecticut state police leaders by state troopers are set to be announced.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Officials with the National Troopers Coalition are scheduled to count the ballots Tuesday morning and announce the results around mid-day. Ballots were mailed to more than 1,000 state police union members earlier this month and were due back Monday afternoon.

Governor Cuomo is pleased with the outcome of Tuesday’s state wide school budget vote, but teachers and school board leaders see some disturbing trends.

This year’s school budget vote was the first to take place after Governor Andrew Cuomo convinced the legislature to adopt the property tax cap. The governor says the tax cap imposed “fiscal discipline.” He says he’s pleased that few schools attempted to override the cap, and that most schools kept tax increases to a minimum, and were approved by voters. He says tax payers, as well as state government, are tapped out.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax cap is being put to the test as voters cast ballots on the first batch of school budgets drafted under the new taxing limits.

Most districts have proposed budgets that stay within the boundaries established under the cap adopted last year, so it will take a simple majority of votes Tuesday for them to pass.

About 50 districts, hoping to lessen staff and program cuts, are asking taxpayers for a bigger increase in the property tax levy than the cap allows. Those budgets will need a 60 percent "super majority" to pass.

Massachusetts House leaders are preparing to unveil their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. 

Massachusetts' young voters get boost

Mar 22, 2012

Massachusetts teens as young as 16 would be allowed to "pre-register" to vote under a bill being backed by a key legislative committee on Beacon Hill. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

If the bill passes, the names of 16 and 17 year olds who pre-register would be added to the voter rolls after they turn 18.

Supporters say the bill is geared to help boost voter participation by getting teens involved in the electoral process even before they can cast a ballot.

The bill won the backing of the Legislature's Committee on Election Laws on Wednesday.