Tag Archive: GOTV

Sep 04 2014

Update The State BOE Website NOW

Let’s bring it into the 21st century.

There’s a few things New York can do to improve voter turnout, for starters they could put the primary date and time clearly on their website.

Many of us have become very familiar with the New York State Board of Elections homepage, however if you were viewing the page to find out the election date, you’d be lost because the website is directly out of 1999.

In the Mayoral election, voter turnout hit a record low with only 24% of registered voters casting a ballot. That works out to barely over one million of the 4.3 million registered voters in New York City. If this is our measuring stick for the statewide primaries, turnout will be abysmal. 

So how do we improve the situation? Let’s start with updating the NYSBOE website to at least post the date CLEARLY on their homepage. See for yourself:

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it’s one step away from a BBS.

Note, the Primary date wasn’t posted until this week. And when it was, it was tossed into an excel column at the bottom of the page.

This website is outdated, boring, and confusing.

To see a better example, check out the city’s BOE website which posts the election date at the top of the homepage, including the time in five different languages.

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 9.28.05 PMWe’re not saying that updating a website is going to improve turnout. Same day registration, weekend voting, online voting, there’s a lot that we could do. But honestly, how much money would it cost to redesign the website? Let’s make it a little more visual and interactive. The City did it, why can’t the state?

Sure, we can rely on candidates, NGO’s, and the like, to GOTV, but where is the central hub to connect all voters, to urge and remind them about upcoming elections?

The BOE website is there, that is, if you like to look at artifacts.

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Vallone’s GOTV Rally Draws Huge Crowd

DSC_0868Members from all over the community came out to support Paul Vallone, a candidate for District 19, at a Get-out-the-vote rally in the final days leading up to the election.

 

“It is an honor to have the unanimous support of our elected officials along with so many of our community associations and neighbors. Our GOTV efforts will be the final push that takes us to City Hall. I will work tirelessly to see that Northeast Queens receives what they rightfully deserve, including the proper funding to ensure our school districts remain the best in the City, protecting our quality of life and that the public safety needs of our community are fully served,” said Vallone.

Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2013/10/paul-vallone-gotv-rally-draws-huge-crowd/

Sep 21 2012

De Blasio responds to low voter turnout

Help is on the way as Public Advocate Bill De Blasio implements a plan to raise awareness, keep people informed and on guard to ensure our ballots count for the upcoming Presidential election.

The poll sites changed and then the BOE sent erroneous notifications. Meanwhile voters were disenfranchised in a variety of different ways. Turnout has reached record lows and more often than not small groups of voters continue to reelect incumbents that depend on low turnout. It’s surely a recipe for disaster.

The Public Advocate In collaboration with ANIMALNy.com has a comprehensive plan to empower voters. Expect to see the following Voter’s Bill of Rights posters appear in a neighborhood near you. You should memorize them.

The 10 rights are:

 

  1. You are entitled to up to two paid hours off of work to vote if polls are not open for four consecutive hours before or after your work day, provided you notify employers.
  2. You should receive a mailed reminder informing you when and where to vote.
  3. You have until October 12 to register to vote in this year’s general election. 
  4. If you have recently moved within NYC, you can vote at your new poll site with an Affidavit Ballot, even if you have not updated your registration.
  5. If your name is misspelled on the voter rolls or you recently changed your name, you are still allowed to vote using the standard ballot and machine.
  6. If your name is not on the voter rolls, you can still vote using an Affidavit Ballot.
  7. Only some first-time voters are required to present I.D. at poll sites if they didn’t submit the needed information when they registered.
  8. You can request an absentee ballot be mailed to you if you are unable to vote in person.
  9. Voters with disabilities are entitled to assistance from poll site staff, as are non-English speakers.
  10. You cannot be prevented from voting if you accidentally wear campaign paraphernalia at a polling site, but you should remove or cover it as instructed by poll workers.

Read about the new partnership below:

Received via email: Not many people know that New York City has one of the worst voter participation rates in the nation – especially among young voters:

In the 2009 Mayoral election, fewer than 4 percent of eligible 18-29 year old voters cast ballots.  Even in the 2008 Presidential Election – a high point for youth turnout – fewer than 17 percent of the same age group voted in NYC.

A huge impediment to voting in NYC is the widespread confusion many New Yorkers have about poll locations and voting procedures. Our joint effort with ANIMALNewYork.com seeks to rectify this problem.  We will distribute thousands of posters across the city clarifying exactly how to register, how to locate your polling station, and how to ensure your ballot is properly cast at the polls.

We encourage you to tell your readers about our informational poster and online voting guide at http://nycvoting.com. By spreading the word you’ll be empowering New Yorkers to get out there and perform their democratic rights.

You can find a copy of our poster and additional voting resources at our online hub http://nycvoting.com. The poster will be distributed in the upcoming weeks in partnership with a series of civic organizations and elected officials.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/09/de-blasio-responds-low-voter-turnout/

Aug 10 2012

On His Way To Israel, Some Unanswered Questions

During the Republican Primary, Mr. Halloran organized a GOTV operation for Ron Paul in Bayside, Queens.

Dan Halloran must face tough questions about his support of Ron Paul, the failed Presidential candidate that flip-flopped on his support of Israel.

In a statement, Ron Paul said, “They [Israel] can take care of themselves,” Paul, who has called for reduced U.S. foreign aid generally, said at the time. “Why do we have this automatic commitment that we’re going to send our kids and send our money endlessly to Israel?”

According to RightWingNews.com, former congressional aide Eric Dondero said Paul, whom he once worked for, had long harbored stridently anti-Israel opinions.

“He [Ron Paul] wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations,” Dondero wrote.

The Meng campaign noticed a questionable pattern. Did Mr. Halloran vicariously support Ron Paul’s foreign policy for Israel? Even if Paul flip-flopped, and Mr. Halloran openly disagreed with his foreign policy, questions remain. Would Congressional Candidate Dan Halloran have stood by Ron Paul given his anti-Israeli commentary?

The issue has been revisited in light of Halloran’s widely publicized trip to Israel with Republican Senator David Storobin.

A Meng spokesperson issued the following statement accusing Halloran of ‘empty words’ and ‘feigned support’.

“Dan Halloran’s critique of President Obama’s Israel policy is curious considering his outspoken support for Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy. If Dan Halloran had his way, Ron Paul would be Commander-in-Chief –slashing aid to Israel, vetoing sanctions against Iran, endangering the Israeli people and jeopardizing the future of their homeland. Those who actually value a strong U.S. – Israeli relationship are not fooled by Mr. Halloran’s empty words and feigned support for the State of Israel.” – Austin Finan, spokesman

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Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/08/on-his-way-to-israel-some-unanswered-questions/

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Ron Paul Campaign Ready To Take Bayside

City Councilman Dan Halloran stands with the Ron Paul GOTV Team on Bell Blvd. in Bayside. Images from Facebook.

Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/03/ron-paul-campaign-comes-to-bayside/


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