Jesse Hamilton

*Lost seat during 2018 primary election

Represents the 20th Senate District 
Sponsored Legislation Highlight – S2653; Proposed amendment to the New York State constitution to allow qualified voters to vote by mail
Highest Points Category –
Ability to Vote (Category II); focused on state imposed barriers to voting and procedures for eligibility to vote 
2017-2018 Legislative Session Total Points: 60

Former Senator Parker’s voting rights record is ranked 4th of 9 Brooklyn State Senators.

Former Senator Hamilton, a Democrat who caucused with the IDC, was elected in 2014 to represent District 20, an area that includes parts of a range of Brooklyn neighborhoods: Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park.

Senator Hamilton received a “B” due to his sponsorship of a bill that would ensuring the right to vote is not denied due to race, color, or language minority status, and a bill that permits all eligible voters to opt to vote by mail. Senator Hamilton also so-sponsored bills concerning the facilitation of absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences; improving ability to vote when there has been a voter name or address change; providing voting materials in Haitian Creole; shortening lead time for party enrollment change requests; establishing early voting; implementing automatic voter registration; updating regulations regarding poll watchers; modernizing the voter registration process; permitting 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in NY state and local elections; enacting the voter friendly ballot act; and restoring voting rights to parolees. Senator Hamilton’s record with regards to voting rights was very promising and comprehensive and we expect his successor to at least meet, and even exceed, this record.

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Brooklyn Voters Alliance (“BVA”) is an all-volunteer, non-partisan organization that works to protect and expand voting rights in New York State. We believe democracy is strongest when everyone has a voice. We promote voter participation, education, and civic engagement to ensure fairness and equal access to our fundamental right to vote.