NYC Votes, NYPIRG & Others Partner for National Voter Registration Day Effort

From NYC Votes:

NYC Votes, NYPIRG and its partners are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row we registered the most voters in the nation on National Voter Registration Day (NVRD)! NYC Votes and its partner groups won first place by registering over 8,000 New Yorkers on NVRD, a day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts to create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities nationwide.

NYC Votes, the nonpartisan voter engagement campaign of the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB), partnered with 80 organizations to host close to 200 public voter registration events and opportunities across the City. Partners included: New York Public Interest Research Group, the City University of New York, New York Institute of Technology, Department of Homeless Services, the New York Public Library, Dominicanos USA, Children’s Aid Society, the Pan Hellenic Council of Greater New York and many others.

Voters who registered by the registration deadline of October 14 will be eligible to vote on Election Day, November 8. NYC Votes and partners will continue to engage these new voters and all New York City residents in order to encourage them to turn up at the polls.

On September 27th, New York City’s NVRD celebration kicked off with a registration drive at a naturalization ceremony and culminated with a celebration for youth, “Red, White and Blue Bash: Party with a Purpose,” at Lincoln Center, hosted by DJs Shoboy and Majestik of AMP 92.3 Radio. The evening featured performances from 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) Nkosi Nkululeko and other youth poets. 

“We are proud to be at the helm of New York City’s National Voter Registration Day efforts by working with city agencies and local organizations to get as many New Yorkers on the voter rolls as possible,” said Onida Coward Mayers, Director of Voter Assistance at CFB. “This year’s efforts were particularly important, as New Yorkers prepare to elect not only their next President, but congressional and state level representatives as well. The choices people make at the ballot box this November will shape the future of our neighborhoods, cities, states, and our country for years to come.” 

“The enthusiasm we saw from voters on National Voter Registration Day shows New Yorkers are eager to participate and make an impact in the 2016 elections,” said Rob Kornblum, Voter Empowerment Coordinator for the nonpartisan New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). “As millennials who care about our future, we’ll now be working non-stop till Election Day to turn out our peers and make sure voters don’t have problems at the polls,” he added.

“New York does it again! NYCVotes and NYPIRG hosted the single biggest National Voter Registration Day effort for the second year in a row, registering over 8,000 New Yorkers to vote,” said Steven Valles, Coalition Director of National Voter Registration Day. 

“The City University of New York has implemented a voter registration system at all of its 24 campuses in the five boroughs which now allows students and employees to easily access forms with most of the information already filled out. Civic engagement is highly valued at CUNY, both for its educational benefits and to assure that our democracy is constantly invigorated with the involvement of newly enfranchised voters.  Voter registration is the building block for participation in the improvement of our communities and in working with elected officials to obtain improvements in the quality of our lives. Events like National Voter Registration Day help to galvanize the citizenry and fuel our year round initiatives,” said Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Board of Trustees Secretary. 

“Thank you NYC Votes for partnering with New York Institute of Technology to make NVRD 2016 a great success! NYIT community members registered to vote in record numbers, students learned how to develop voting platforms and they engaged in critical conversations about local and national elections.  We are better prepared to go to the polls on November 8 because of our partnership,” said Amy Bravo, Senior Director of International & Experiential Education at New York Institute of Technology.

“Dominicanos USA is proud to have worked with NYC Votes and other partners to register more than 8,000 New Yorkers on National Voter Registration Day. This and other initiatives allow us to bring awareness to the importance of voter registration. By partnering with local organizations across the city, we have reached a significant milestone by doubling the numbers from 2015. This is a crucial year due to the 2016 presidential election looming right around the corner and we will continue to work with voters to ensure more voter engagement. Now, it is up to us to mobilize the people we registered so that we can ensure the future of the electoral process. We congratulate the work done by NYC Votes and their partners,” said Eddie Cuesta, National Executive Director of Dominicanos USA.

“The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater New York, Inc. (NPHC-NYC) was pleased to participate in National Voter Registration Day, as voter registration is part of our civic duty and mandated by many of our respective organizations.  Across the NYC boroughs, we collectively registered 100+ citizens who might otherwise have fallen through the cracks of our democratic system.  As members of organizations whose beginnings were tainted with the stains of racism and prejudice, we know all too well the power of our voice and our vote.  To be barred from voting was one hurdle. To vote and have the process surreptitiously undermined by voting irregularities and voting ID laws is another animal altogether.  But to possess the power to vote and simply not use it is to tell the tale of a dying society.  It is incumbent upon us to empower our community members, be they affluent members of society or members who are downtrodden in life in need of a helping hand, to all VOTE THEIR VOICE. Voter registration is key and we must seek all opportunities to do so,” said Vivian Walton-Smalls, President of NPHC-NYC.

 A complete list of NVRD 2016 partners is below:


92.3 FM Shoboy Morning Show

AKA Sorority, Inc.-Delta Rho Omega Chapter

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tau Nu Omega

Baruch College 

Bayswater Senior Citizen Center

Borough Manhanttan Community College

Bronx Community College

BronxWorks, Inc

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn Tech 

Children’s Aid Society 

City College

City University of New York 

College of Staten Island

CUNY Law School

Dalton Political Action Club

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Manhattan Alumnae 

Department of Homeland Security 

Department of Homeless Services

Diana H Jones Senior Center 

Dominicanos USA

East Kings County Alumnae, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus

Fort Independence Senior Center

Fort Greene Christopher Blenman Neighborhood Center

Graduate School and University Center

Guttman Community College

Henry Street Settlement

Hostos Community College

Elmhurst Senior Center

JASA Warbasse Cares NORC

JCC of Staten Island-South Shore

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

JP Morgan Chase 

King County Hospital 

Kingsborough Community College

LaGuardia Community College

League of Women of Voters Saratoga County 

Lehman College

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Lincoln Center 

Live On New York 

Medgar Evers College

Midwood Neighborhood Center

Millennium Development

New York City College of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

New York Public Library

New York University 

New York Urban League: Young Professionals

NORC Forest Hills

NYC Administration for Children’s Services

NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC Housing Authority 

NYC Parks and Recreations


Ocean Parkway Senior Center

Office of Student Activities Hunter College

Pan Hellenic Council of Greater New York 

Park Slope Center for Successful Aging

Peter Cardella Senior center

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Epsilon Sigma

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Rho Epsilon Sigma

Queens College

Queensborough Community College

Roy Reuther Senior Citizen Center

Sebco Senior program

Selfhelp Latimer Gardens Senior Center

Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc.

Spring Creek Senior Parners NORC SSP

The Office of the City Clerk 

Transport Workers Union Local 100

Validus Prep Academy 

Wayside Tompkins Park Neighborhood Senior Center

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood 

YMCA Glebe Senior Center

York College

Young Israel Forest Hills Senior League

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Phi Zeta Zeta Chapter 

East Kings County Alumnae, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.



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