First-Time Voters in New York Registered in Record-Breaking Numbers

While the registration period for voters in the state of New York has now passed, the surge of last minute registers seems to bode well for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

In the 10 day period between March 10th and 20th, close to 41,000 new voters, energized by a platform that many of them can relate to, took the next step in getting involved with the political process. Nearly half of those have never voted before, a Demographic that Sanders has dominated by large margins in states all over the country that have already voted.

The 20,000 first-time voters that registered in New York is an “unprecedented surge” of voter interest according to officials in that state. The delegate rich state of New York votes on April 19 and is a key part of the campaign for Bernie Sanders and another chance for him to make up ground in the fight for pledged delegates.

New York’s online registration system saw close to 14,000 people register on Friday March 18, which set a one-day record. Registrations closed on March 25 and no numbers are available yet for that day but the push to get people registered was picking up even more steam leading up to the 25th.

The Sanders campaign, along with many grassroots organizations across the country have pushed hard to get more people involved, despite the near silence from Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. In previous election cycles, the DNC and Democrats in general, made getting new people into the system part of the battle cry but not this year and most people know why. A first-time voter is an almost guaranteed vote for Bernie Sanders.

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G.A. Casebeer

9 thoughts on “First-Time Voters in New York Registered in Record-Breaking Numbers

  • March 28, 2016 at 8:53 am
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    WTG New York with you all and us in Cali a sure Win in sight . I never doubted and urge all of you Never give up We have Bernie as our Leader. He is the only man that will carry our progressive Platform . Now we need to flip the houses get out there and support All progressives running , we may be able to Save our PLANET!
    Feel the Bern! Vote the Bern, Be the Bern, Love the Bern ! Share the Bern !!! WE the People Will have our Voice heard

  • March 28, 2016 at 8:58 am
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    You’re our hope!

  • March 28, 2016 at 9:45 am
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    Please make sure you double-check submissions and follow-up to be sure they are registered. The Clintons are not strangers to working in cahoots with the corrupt elements of the Democratic machine in NY. I used to work for the Jerry Brown for President campaign in 1992. TWENTY-FOUR YEARS AGO !! There was a big big scandal over newly registered voters that cost us huge losses on election day. Jerry’s campaign never recovered from that loss. We didn’t have the internet back then, so the national and local media simply blacked out coverage of Jerry’s campaign from that day forward, even in Jerry’s home state of California.

  • March 28, 2016 at 10:47 am
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    I am sending this message today to address a SERIOUS issue with New York State Election Law. The deadline of October 9th, 2015 (to switch/add a political party affiliation) was 6 months prior to the NYS primary. This is unreasonably early and took place before the Democratic candidates even had their first debate. The ability to become educated about the candidates before deciding to switch parties was taken away from the people of New York. Being forced to switch before the debates may create uninformed voting. Independents and otherwise should not be punished for avoiding the front running political parties. Additionally, this deadline was largely unknown to the citizens of NY and was not as easily found as the deadline for new voters in March. Many believed the March date included both new and established voters. This deadline is undemocratic, unconstitutional, and should be reversed immediately. Failure of the state to address this concern will mean the loss of my vote among hundreds (if not thousands) of others. This will gravely effect the amount of votes coming in from New York. The election will have an improper outcome, given many of our voices will be excluded. For emphasis…this deadline seems especially unreasonable and frankly suspicious given the fact that previously unregistered voters had until March 25th, 2016. I, and others simply expect the freedom and ability to have a fair chance at participating in this election. As a women, it is especially painful knowing that I will miss out on something so paramount, because many women before me fought blood, tooth, and nail to have a right to participation. If nothing is done, I will still vote via affidavit knowing in good faith that I did my civic duty, but the failure to have an equal voice lies with NYS Government silence over this issue. I know I’m not the first to raise alarm over this issue, and likely will not be the last. Amend this issue before the April 19th primary and process the forms of those who attempted to alter their status before the March 25th deadline, but were denied. It is the duty of the government to adhere to the will of the people.

  • March 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm
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    I also checked on my new registration in NY. I registered in October 2015, received a confirmation number, and when I contacted them yesterday, I was told I was one day too late to vote in the primary. Same for my sons and wife.Talk about disenfranchisement. And this is in NY! I have a confirmation number, date, and time when filed, in writing, The Suffolk County Bd. of Elections told me it was timely filed online with the DMV but the County Bd. of Elections received it one day too late. I was told that in NY if I were a new voter, the deadline was Friday, but since I was only changing my party status from Independent to Democrat in order to vote in the closed primary, the Suffolk County Bd. of Elections received my info one day too late, even though it was timely filed with the DMV online. And this was SIX Months before the primary. This is Disenfranchisement with a capital D!

  • March 29, 2016 at 1:57 am
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    FUN FACTS!
    Hillary Clinton has stated that being president is about “Hard Choices”. She’s right…but most of her “Hard Choices”, by her own admission, have been wrong.

    Hillary was opposed Gay marriage as late as 2013. She has since “evolved” on the issue. Bernie, in 1985, as Mayor of Burlington set aside a day to be known as “Gay Pride Day.”

    She aggressively promoted Fracking while she was Secretary of State. She supported the Keystone XL Pipeline until the polls indicated she needed to change her position. She pushed for TPP and referred to it as ”The Gold Standard” many times. Bernie Sanders has always opposed all of the above.

    She is supports the death penalty and private, for-profit, prisons. She is against Free College Education.

    Hillary has received millions from Wall Street. Hillary’s top contributors: Morgan Stanley $636,564, Lehman Brothers $362,853, JP Morgan Chase $696,456, Goldman Sachs $760,740, Credit Suisse $318,120, Citigroup $824,402. Bernie’s top donors are labor unions, teacher unions, and nursing unions and has received over four million individual contributions averaging $28.

    Hillary was a supporter of the Iraq War. She has since said that choice was wrong. Bernie had the foresight and good judgement to oppose the war, repeatedly called out Bush for his deliberate misinformation and accurately predicted the catastrophic outcome. He has stated that he will, absolutely, defend the United States but that war should always be the last option.

    Hillary is against bringing back Glass Steagall Act, the repeal of which contributed to the greatest recession since 1929. Bernie wants to bring back this essential legislation.

    Hillary participated in Republican campaigns for years. Bernie has always been an independent and has always caucused with Democrats.
    Bernie Sanders marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and was arrested for protesting segregation. Hillary Clinton campaigned for Barry Goldwater, who opposed the Supreme Court’s power to enforce school integration, voted in the Senate against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and whose campaign platform included his promise to repeal the legislation. The Clintons also celebrated “Confederate Flag Day” every year when Bill was governor of Arkansas.

    Hillary is against a $15 minimum wage. Ever since he became a United States Senator, Bernie has made it one of his top goals to get workers a $15 minimum wage.

    Hillary wants to “loosen” marijuana penalties. Bernie wants to completely abolish the federal prohibition of marijuana.

    Bernie’s health care plan is predicted to save each American $1200 a year plus in insurance and pharmaceutical drugs costs. Hillary opposes single payer healthcare and has received millions of dollars in contributions from pharmaceutical and health insurance companies.

    Bernie received the highest VFW award in his fight for veterans’ rights and services. Hillary Clinton has a documented history of being a warmongering hawk and as president would pursue the failed policy of endless war.

    Bernie has over 30 years of experience fighting for working Americans and is an honest and authentic candidate. Hillary…not so much.

    When you are President you don’t get a second chance. Fatal decisions send young American soldiers to war and often, disastrously, effect the course of events and destabilize the world.

    Ours is not a “Hard Choice” at all. We have Bernie Sanders – the leader who has made the right choices throughout his career. The choice is between a corporate sponsored and controlled candidate who will say and do anything that she believes will get her elected and an honest, compassionate and highly ethical man of consistent, unassailable integrity.

    Bernie has fought for the Middle Class, Labor, Women, Gay People, Civil Rights and Veterans his entire political career. He has demonstrated a profound, consistent and rare moral conviction to do what is right by the people he represents rather than corporations.

    No super PACs, no secret donors writing checks for tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars, no private jets…just a sincere conviction to do what is right for the American people and the world.

    • March 29, 2016 at 5:11 am
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      Thank you for your information

    • March 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm
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      Wow! Thank you! Very well put together. May I copy and use this Danny?

  • March 30, 2016 at 10:35 am
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    From what the article says, there are approximately 30K New Yorkers who are feeling the Bern.

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