A coalition of groups ranging from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Educational Fund to LatinoJustice are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call special elections to fill a dozen legislative vacancies by calling special elections.

The group in a letter notes that many of the vacant seats impact minority communities around the state.

“As our letter explains in the strongest possible terms, we are deeply troubled by the reality that, at this moment, hundreds of thousands of our Asian, Black, and Latino constituents are unrepresented in seven districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. We are profoundly concerned that Governor Cuomo’s failure to act swiftly will deprive these vulnerable communities of critical representation until January 2015, leaving them without the tools to confront and address significant local everyday concerns and broader statewide legislative priorities,” said Ryan P. Haygood, Director of the Political Participation Group at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Educational Fund, Inc.(LDF), a separate entity from the NAACP in a statement.

The letter comes a day after a vote in the Senate on the state-level version of the Dream Act failed by two votes.

Two seats in the Senate are vacant and one, a Brooklyn district represented by Democrat Eric Adams, almost certainly would have been another vote for the measure.

Ten seats are empty in the Democratic-led Assembly, with recent subtractions coming after Dennis Gabryszak resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal and two more coming after Bronx Democrat Eric Stevenson and Brooklyn’s William Boyland were removed from office following corruption convictions.

Still, the letter reflects growing concern from minority groups and advocates in particular that their communities aren’t being represented during the critical budget debate in Albany.

Regardless, arguments against special elections include the selection process tends to be held by local party leaders and cost too much money even as voters in a few months will elect new candidates.

NYVRC Vacancies Letter, March 18 (Attachments) by Nick Reisman