No one from Brooklyn went to these in 2009. via Flickr user Joe Shlabotnik
Just because New Yorkers know voting is important doesn’t mean they do it, especially if the newest interactive map from WNYC is to be believed. The number crunching nerds division at WNYC estimated how many people in each census tract votes, using census data and voter rolls from the 2009 municipal elections. The result in Brooklyn wasn’t too pretty, but the good news if there is any, was that exceptionally low turnout was everyone’s fault. So, there’s that. (more…)
Sandy be damned, we will vote tomorrow!! Photo by Tom Giebel.
This past week we’ve all been a little distracted by that brat Sandy and the amazing and inspiring outpouring of volunteer relief efforts in her wake. But the election that will shape the next four years of our lives and the future of this country is TOMORROW! If you keep your permanent residence out of state, you can still file an absentee ballot until 5pm today. If you are registered to vote locally, many polling sites have been changed due to Sandy’s wrath. Here are the changes for Brooklyn residents.
Remember when you didn’t register to vote because you couldn’t find the form/Board of Elections address/mailbox to mail the form? Those days of weak excuses are over! Just last week, Governor Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can register to vote online via the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new web portal. Because yes, to increase turnout on election day, the quintessential democratic act of casting a ballot should be associated with the ease and sense of empowerment one feels when ordering kung pao chicken through Seamless. (more…)
“We must go forward, not backward. Upward, not forward. And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.”
Hello, are you registered to vote? Please do it, as it’s ever so important. The last day to register is Oct. 12, and the election, in case you haven’t been paying attention to the CNN vote-watch doomsday clock, is Nov. 6. We don’t care who you vote for, so long as you get out there and give a dern. And did you know that, despite our national media obsessing with which of these guys is richer, that there are many other races you can vote in this year that you might actually have an impact on? (more…)
The new voting machine. You know you wanna give it a whirl.
Chances are you’re getting this from all sides, but we have to do our civic part too. This voting thing is important. WNYC’s It’s a Free Country has a pretty comprehensive Insider’s Guide to the Primaries, with info on polling sites, voter registration (too late for today, but still time for November), candidates and the new fool-proof ballot system. There are plenty of important local races on the ballot, but among today’s big-ticket primaries are those for U.S. Senator (D,R), Governor (R) and NY State Attorney General (D). Polls are open until 9 p.m., so make sure to get to yours.