Voting Rights

Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. Through our registration drives, collaborations with NYC Votes and the NYC Campaign Finance Board, and advocacy trips to Albany, Coalition Z has worked hard to protect our right to the ballot in the past. With the 2018 midterms approaching, we're ramping up our efforts to advance voting rights and register our peers.

 
 
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Voter registration challenge

Each Coalition Z chapter is competing to register the most voters in its community by the end of the school year. Eligible voters include parents, teachers/staff, and any students turning 18 by the end of 2018.


Voting Rights Ambassadors

Simultaneously, Coalition Z is developing a team of Voting Rights Ambassadors. Each chapter will designate a representative to serve as an ambassador, working to spread information about how and why to vote.

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Restoring voting rights to felons

The disenfranchisement of felons is a civil rights issue, amplifying the systemic problems of our criminal justice system and disproportionately affecting people of color. In New York, convicted felons are able to vote, but too many are unaware of this right. Our network is disseminating information and organizing registration drives to engage this community’s voice. 

In states where felons are still disenfranchised, our chapters are working to lobby for legislative change and to bring attention to this issue.