Conference Friday: How To Boost NYC Voter Turnout

Citizens Union invites you to a Friday, November 18, 2016 at a half-day symposium, The Only Way Is Up: A Citywide Discussion to Boost Voter Turnout in New York. We are delighted to announce that Mayor Bill de Blasio will be joining us at this important event to serve as our keynote speaker.

This free event will bring together policy makers, advocates, organizers, educators, and thought leaders to address the urgent issue of low voter turnout throughout our state, which currently ranks third lowest in the nation. In the days after a consequential national election, join us to assess New York State’s current voter turnout, and identify ways we can work together to improve it.


The Only Way Is Up: A Citywide Discussion to Boost Voter Turnout in New York, marks the launch of Citizens Union’s new ten-year campaign to turn around New York’s abysmal voter turnout.  The symposium will examine why voter turnout is so bad in New York State, what policy changes are needed, what administrative structures and processes need an overhaul, and what education and cultural innovations can help. Coming out of the symposium, Citizens Union will develop a coalition-informed road map and planning document to lay out a campaign to boost New York voter turnout, including examining ideas of pilot programs from around the country to test some of the methods identified at the symposium to improve voter participation. We will disseminate the road map to diverse stakeholders and invite them to join the campaign. Citizens Union Foundation will collaborate with other advocacy groups that are already engaged in voter turnout work, and will also reach out to community organizations that could establish community structures to create and support consistent voter engagement.

REGISTER HERE to join us at this important launch event, and help boost voter turnout in New York!

Symposium AgendaSubject to change dependent on Mayor de Blasio’s schedule

8:45-9:30       Breakfast and Mingling
9:30-9:45       Welcome Remarks
9:45-10:15     Keynote Remarks
10:15-11:30   Plenary – Why is Voter Turnout in New York So Low: Election

                        Policy and Practice in New York 
11:30-11:45   Transition to Panels
11:45-1:00     Concurrent Panels
Proven and Successful Ways of Increasing Voter Turnout in New

                        York Communities or
Partisanship in New York and Its Impact on Elections
1:00-2:00       Lunch, Featured Speaker, and Next Steps

This event is proudly co-sponsored by New York Law School * AALDEF * Common Cause New York * Generation Citizen NYC * Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law* League of Women Voters of the City of New York * League of Women Voters of New York State * Lenox Hill Neighborhood House * New York Immigration Coalition * NYPIRG * Open Primaries * Reinvent Albany * Young Invincibles.




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