Simcha Felder

Represents the 17th Senate District 
Sponsored Legislation Highlight – S7386; Provides that the fall primary day in 2018 shall be the first Thursday following the second Monday in September
Highest Points Category – Access/Ease of Voting (Category III); focused on individual barriers to voting, and issues concerning the physical polling place 
2017-2018 Legislative Session Total Points: 5

Senator Felder’s voting rights record is ranked last of 9 Brooklyn State Senators.

Simcha Felder (Democrat) was elected in 2012 to represent the 17th Senate District, which encompasses the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison and Bensonhurst.

Senator Felder sponsored only one bill related to voting rights, but, unlike any others, it was passed and signed into law.  This bill successfully changed the date for state primary elections from Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to Thursday, September 13, 2018 to avoid conflicting with the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah.  Since Senator Felder neither sponsored nor co-sponsored any other bills related to voting rights or fair elections, his total score was an F.

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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.