Local communities are increasingly rejecting punitive anti-immigrant
law enforcement policies such as 287g from the previous administration.
They are walking away from agreements to have local police serve as
federal immigration authorities, rejecting both their budgetary costs
and the way they damage relationships and trust between police and the
communities they serve.
Perhaps the most impressive recent success story in expanding political
participation has been the dramatic turnaround in public agency voter
registrations in some states. With the prodding of Demos, Project Vote, and others under the umbrella of the NVRA Project,
several states have reinvigorated compliance with this federal law that
requires that certain state agencies offer voter registration to the
individuals they serve. The most well known agencies are motor vehicle
departments, but public assistance agencies are also included and it is
they that can have the greatest impact on bringing low-income and
marginalized citizens into the political process.
On June 30th New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed the Vote by Mail Law of 2008,
which allows all voters to permanently register to vote-by-mail,
referred to as permanent absentee voting. The law, sponsored by Senator
Raymond Lesniak and Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, also replaces New
Jersey's multiple absentee voting systems with one streamlined system
for all mail-in voters.