The Debate Program is a cornerstone of the CFB’s voter education efforts, providing New Yorkers with the opportunity to compare the candidates side-by-side as they discuss issues. The program helps New Yorkers make informed choices at the polls.
While individual debates are sponsored by media, civic, and academic groups, the CFB has administered the Debate Program since 1997. Candidates for citywide office who are Campaign Finance Program participants and meet nonpartisan and objective criteria are required to participate in the debates. Sponsors also may invite non-participants who meet the same criteria.
NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC). In addition to promoting voter registration, participation, and civic engagement in New York City through its many programs and partnerships, NYC Votes sponsors the city’s official Debate Program and produces the citywide Voter Guide.