New York Today: A Push to the Polls


If you haven’t registered to vote, now’s the time.

Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

Good morning on this breezy Thursday.

A public service announcement: Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in November’s general election. And it’s really easy to do.

But the behind-the-scenes work to get New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote is quite the challenge.

The city’s 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.

“Everything we do at the Campaign Finance Board is aimed at empowering voters and amplifying their voices in our democracy,” said Katrina Shakarian, a board spokeswoman, whom we met (and saw in action) at the mayoral debate on Tuesday.

But in New York City, “voter turnout is abysmally low,” she said. So after the 2016 election, the board conducted public opinion research to better understand why people don’t vote, especially in local elections.

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Matthew Sollars, the board’s director of public relations, said: “What we heard from people is that it’s not that they’re apathetic — it’s not that they don’t care — it’s that they need more information. They need more resources about how to vote and why it matters.”

So here are some useful links, courtesy of the Campaign Finance Board:

The Campaign Finance Board and its NYC Votes program provide guides on everything from how to vote and impartial information on the candidates to how to run for…

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