Velmanette Montgomery

Represents the 25th Senate District 
Sponsored Legislation Highlight – S4440; Authorizes persons at least sixteen years old to submit an application to register to vote 
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: 39

Senator Montgomery’s voting rights record is ranked 5th of 9 Brooklyn State Senators.

Senator Montgomery is a Democrat representing District 25, which includes Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, and Park Slope.

During the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, Senator Montgomery sponsored only one voting rights bill, which would allow for the pre-registration of 16-year-olds. Senator Montgomery also co-sponsored seven bills concerning absentee voting in nursing homes and senior citizen residences; improving the ability to vote when there has been a voter name or address change; shortening lead time for party enrollment change requests; establishing early voting; implementing automatic voter registration; and restoring voting rights to parolees. In comparison to her peers in Brooklyn, Senator Montgomery’s legislative record on this issue is average. Senator Montgomery does participate by co-sponsoring bills, but she does not spearhead much comprehensive legislation.

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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.