Good morning on this breezy Thursday.
But the behind-the-scenes work to get New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote is quite the challenge.
The cityâs Campaign Finance Board is a nonpartisan and independent city agency that educates and engages with voters before, during and after an election to ensure, ultimately, that we all have a voice when it comes to choosing our leaders and telling them what problems need solving.
âEverything we do at the Campaign Finance Board is aimed at empowering voters and amplifying their voices in our democracy,â said Katrina Shakarian, a board spokeswoman, whom we met (and saw in action) at the mayoral debate on Tuesday.
But in New York City, âvoter turnout is abysmally low,â she said. So after the 2016 election, the board conducted public opinion research to better understand why people donât vote, especially in local elections.
Matthew Sollars, the boardâs director of public relations, said: âWhat we heard from people is that itâs not that theyâre apathetic â itâs not that they donât care â itâs that they need more information. They need more resources about how to vote and why it matters.â
So here are some useful links, courtesy of the Campaign Finance Board: