Please take our survey on fighting corruption in New York!
2021 is just a few weeks away, and RepresentUs NYC wants to know how YOU would like to fight corruption in New York next year. Can you take our survey and let us know what issues you want to tackle?
Please see below for a short summary of all the issues in the survey. And if you have other ideas, feel to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORRUPTION ISSUES AND DEMOCRACY REFORMS IN NEW YORK
Board of elections reform. Advocates across the state are pushing to reform the board of elections. The board has attained international notoriety for its incompetence – every single year, voters see their absentee ballots tossed or have to face long lines at the polls. New Yorkers are tired of it – our chapter can join the movement for a new board. Please see this article for more information.
Ethics reform. The state’s ethics agency, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), is widely regarded as a joke for its inability and unwillingness to enforce ethics laws. Advocates have proposed abolishing JCOPE and replacing it with a new agency that would be more effective and independent. Please see this article for more information.
#FixNYCDemocracy campaign. The 2021 NYC elections are upon us, and hundreds of candidates for city council will be vying to win the favor of New Yorkers. Last year, our chapter ran the highly successful #FixNYDemocracy campaign, where we got over forty candidates for state legislature to pledge to fight corruption. We can do the same campaign for the City.
Ranked Choice Voting education. 2021 will be the first year that NYC uses Ranked Choice Voting for city elections! For RCV to be a success, it’s imperative that advocates educate voters on how the new system works. Our chapter can help through online events and possibly street canvassing efforts, as we did for the 2019 ballot initiative.
Fair redistricting: In 2021 and 2022, New York’s redistricting commission will meet to draw new district lines for the coming decade. NY currently has some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country, and it’s up to the public to pressure the commission to draw better lines. (Some chapter members are also currently at work on a “gerrymandering jigsaw puzzle” that will help draw public attention to the issue.)
Voter registration: Hundreds of thousands of people are still not registered to vote in New York, which until recently had some of the nation’s most stringent and antiquated registration laws. Our chapter can go out and make sure everyone’s registered ahead of the 2021 city primaries (in a nonpartisan fashion, of course).
Thank you for reading!