Wondering where to vote? There’s an app for that
By Shant Shahrigian
The city’s Board of Elections (BOE) and Campaign Finance Board have prepared a range of resources aiming to simplify the Sept. 10 primaries.
New this year is an app that lets you look up your poll site by inputting your address. Visit www.nycvotes.org with your smart phone to access the tool, which has a number of useful features along with the poll site finder.
You can visit the board’s Poll Site Locator, call 1-866-VOTE-NYC or e-mail your complete home address to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your borough in the subject line.
To learn where the candidates stand on the issues, consult the Voter Guide, which includes succinct summaries of the candidates in every race and information on voting rights and the debates.
Campaign Finance Board Director of Voter Assistance Onida Coward Mayers says, “The whole concept behind these guides is for people to be able to do it at their own time, at their own pace, wherever they like.”
The traditional lever voting machines return to voting sites for the 2013 primaries.
Authorities have assured the public the roughly 50-year-old machines are working and capable of handling thousands of voters.
“We are confident that the system itself is simple and easy to use and voters won’t have any problems in terms of understanding how to vote with the lever,” said BOE Director of Communications Valerie Vazquez.
For those apprehensive about using the lever machines, the Voter Guide includes a step-by-step illustration of the process. Touchscreens and other devices will be available for voters with disabilities.
While no app yet exists for casting ballots, the BOE and Campaign Finance Board hope their efforts draw more citizens to vote next week.
“I believe our guides would be the answer to anyone who is intimidated at all,” Ms. Mayers said.
The polls will open on Sept. 10 at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Winners in Tuesday’s primary failing to garner at least 40 percent of the vote will compete in a run-off election with the second-place finisher on Oct. 1.