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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, June 27

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, June 27

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Automatic Voter Registration needed

New York state is considering passing an Automatic Voter Registration bill.
This bill acknowledges the obligation of our government to help our citizens gain access to their ballots.
Regardless of political party control, Automatic Voter Registration is either fully implemented or will be soon in 15 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhodes Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. 
The reason why automatic voter registration is needed is that our citizens struggle to apply for and maintain their voter registration status.
The bill wasn’t passed this year. But when enacted sometime next year, it will help citizens by removing an unnecessary barrier that stands between them and their ballot box.
When a citizen updates their information with the DMV, their information automatically is transmitted to the Board of Elections.
When a citizen applies for a license at DMV they will be automatically registered to vote and will then be contacted by the Board of Elections to inform them of their polling place. 
Currently, the DMV checks the citizenship of all who seek a driver’s license and asks if the citizen wants to register to vote. This system protects our elections system from those who are not eligible to vote. As citizens, it is our fundamental right to vote and it is the fundamental obligation of our government to provide us with access to the ballot box.
William B. Cook
Schenectady
The writer is Director of Legislation for the New York State Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO.


Give Lady Liberty a place of honor in city

We’ve all heard the expression “Where does the time go?” Here it is June 2019. The campaign for returning the Statue of Liberty to her rightful place started about March 26, 2018.
Now, we hear that the mayor will make a decision around July 4, 2019.
We, the People could not have picked a better day to finally put this problem to bed and bring a smile to Lady Liberty as she returns home.
On Nov. 9, 1950, The Gazette wrote about the dedication of the statue after a parade of 2,500 Boy Scouts observed by 3,500 watchers as the statue found a “permanent” home as the gateway to Schenectady.
When the mayor decides that Gateway Plaza is the best place for the Statue of Liberty to rest, many more citizens can view her and thank her for being our sign of “Liberty and Freedom for all.”
The only other better suited place for the statue would be in Veteran’s Park, which would be a proper place with all the respect she deserves from the many veterans that respect her.
James A. Wilson
Schenectady


Grateful for support of Holocaust project

I would like to sincerely thank the Niskayuna Town Board for its unanimous vote of support granting a Special Use Permit enabling the development of the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial.
We will continue to work with the Niskayuna community to make this memorial a meaningful expression of their care and concern for human dignity and a message against hate and bigotry.
Neil Golub and Rabbi Matt Cutler contributed significantly, and everyone working as a team brought us to this moment of achievement.
Dr. Michael Lozman
Latham
The writer is president and founder of Capital District Jewish Holocaust Memorial.

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