The Democracy Agenda

Mandating Transparency for Digital Political Ads & Protecting the Integrity of New York Elections

The Democracy Agenda

Advancing the Democracy Agenda

The electoral system is at the core of our democracy. To ensure New York elections remain fair and transparent, Governor Cuomo has proposed the Democracy Agenda.

The Democracy Agenda includes the strongest and most comprehensive set of reforms in the nation. It not only mandates disclosure in regard to digital political advertising but also safeguards state elections from outside influences.

The Agenda also proposes a series of initiatives aimed at modernizing New York's antiquated voting system and increasing voter participation - by streamlining voter registration and removing barriers that deter citizens from casting their vote on Election Day.

Restoring Confidence in Government

Focusing on New Problems: Foreign Money & Digital Political Ads

Modernizing Regulations
The FY 2019 Budget expands New York State's definition of political communication to include paid internet and digital advertisements.
Increasing Transparency
The Budget requires digital platforms to maintain a public file of all political advertisements purchased by a person or group for publication on the platform.
Deterring Foreign Interference
The Budget requires online platforms to confirm that foreign individuals and entities are not purchasing political advertisements in order to influence the American electorate.

"Social media has revolutionized our elections. While we respect the freedom of the internet, it cannot subvert the law. Foreign countries like Russia and big anonymous donors cannot jeopardize our democracy."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Calling for Swift Passage of Legislation

Governor Cuomo and U.S. Senator Klobuchar called for a passage of reforms to ensure elections are fair, transparent and free from foreign influence.


Proposal: The Democracy Project

Early Voting

Work, school, and personal commitments can prevent voters from participating in elections. Early voting would offer residents access to a poll site 12 days leading up to Election Day.

2018 State of the State Address

Ensuring Fair Elections

In his 2018 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo proposed the Democracy Agenda - the strongest and most comprehensive policy to ensure elections in New York State remain fair and transparent.

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