NYC Votes Announces Winning Design in the “I Voted” Sticker Contest

Press release– NYC Votes is pleased to announce that the public has chosen a new design for the official New York City “I Voted” sticker, which will be distributed at polling places throughout the city on Election Day. The winning design will now go to print, making its debut during the citywide primary elections on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

“I want to congratulate the winners and urge all New Yorkers to go cast their votes this fall and wear this beautiful new sticker with pride,” said Frederick Schaffer, Chairman of the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB). The CFB’s nonpartisan voter engagement initiative, NYC Votes organized the contest. “I think I can safely say that this contest has already started to get New Yorkers excited and thinking about the very real elections they’ll be voting in this fall.”

“We are thrilled with New Yorkers’ choice for the new ‘I Voted’ sticker and with the level of interest this contest has generated,” said Amy Loprest, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board. “We’re hopeful that the sticker will inspire more New Yorkers to learn about the candidates in the citywide elections this year, turn out at the polls on Election Day, and show their neighbors they care about the future of their city.”

Bronxville residents Marie Dagata and Scott Heinz designed the winning sticker, which was inspired by the MTA subway map. “All the people of the boroughs meet together, pass each other, need each other in the subway and the voting booth,” said the winning designers, in reference to their submission.

The design submitted by Dagata, 59, and Heinz, 56, was chosen as one of ten finalists from more than 700 submissions that NYC Votes received in April. All of the final designs were selected based on their overall aesthetic quality, the strength and effectiveness of the design’s pro-voting message, and how well they represented New York City.

The sticker was chosen through a public vote in which nearly 10,000 “ballots” were cast via phones, computers or tablets. Voting was conducted during a two-week period, from Friday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 9, reflecting the timeframe given to voters in the many states with early voting laws. NYC Votes calculated the results using an instant runoff voting (IRV) model to identify the sticker with the broadest public support. The rules allowed voters to rank their top three designs in order of preference. A similar model is used in elections in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Maryland, Australia, and Ireland.

This table shows how the results were counted:

New York City’s current sticker has been in use since 2013, when the CFB launched its first public sticker design contest, which was won by then-10-year-old Zoe Markman. Now Dagata and Heinz’s design will replace Markman’s as the official sticker worn by voters on Election Day.

The winning sticker will be printed by the NYC Campaign Finance Board and distributed on Election Day in partnership with the NYC Board of Elections.

NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the NYC Campaign Finance Board. For more information about the “I Voted” Sticker Contest, please contact the CFB at press@nyccfb.info.

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NYC Campaign Finance Board Votes on Enforcement Matters

Press release: At today’s regularly scheduled meeting, the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) determined that violations were committed by one campaign from the 2013 citywide election cycle and one campaign from the 2012A special election. The Board assessed penalties for those violations and determined that one campaign from the 2013 citywide election would be required to repay public funds. Refer to the chart below for details on these determination.
Prior to the meeting, the winner of the “I Voted” sticker contest was announced. The winning design will now go to print, making its debut on the day of the primary elections on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Chairman Frederick Schaffer delivered the following remarks at the meeting:

“Monday is another filing deadline for candidates in the 2017 elections to disclose their campaign finance reports to the Board and the public. The two-month disclosure period ends today, and candidates may begin filing their reports as early as tomorrow.

This is a significant milestone on the path to the municipal elections for candidates, for the CFB, and for voters. As we get closer to summer, we are approaching the home stretch towards the party primaries on September 12, and the field for that election is starting to take shape. Of course, the general election will be held on November 8.

We will reach the next significant milestone on Monday, June 12, which is the deadline for 2017 candidates choosing to participate in the Campaign Finance Program. To be eligible to receive public funds, candidates must file their certification with the CFB by this date. In 2013, 92 percent of candidates on the primary ballots were program participants, and we expect similar numbers of candidates will join the program this year. As of last week, 59 candidates in the 2017 elections have already signed up for the program. For interested candidates, the certification form is available on our website at nyccfb.info.”

Violations and Penalties
(for details, follow the link in the Total Penalties column)

Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Joseph  Nwachukwu
(2012A)

Public Funds Received: $0

City Council (District #12) 1. Failing to accurately report cash receipts No penality  $550
2. Failing to accurately report disbursements $500
3. Failing to report three in-kind contributions $50

 

Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Darlene Mealy
(2013)

Public Funds Received: $43,062

City Council (District #41) 1.  Failing to report transactions $593 $7,663
2.  Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $465
3. Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for receipts and disbursements $1,500
4. Filing a late disclosure statement $50
5. Failing to file a disclosure statement No penalty
6. Accepting contributions from corporations $3,000
7. Accepting contributions from an unregistered political committee $233
8. Failing to document a transaction $100
9. Late Response to the Initial Documentation Request; Late Response to the Draft Audit Report $1,722

Public Funds Repayment

Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Public Funds Received Public Funds Repayment
Darlene Mealy
(2013)

City Council
(District #41)

$43,062 $9,499

 

 

Archived video of today’s meeting and hearing is available at www.nyccfb.info/live.

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NYC Disclosure Deadline for 2017 Candidates is May 15

Press release: The next deadline for candidates in the 2017 elections to disclose their campaign finance reports to the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and the public is Monday, May 15.

The most recent two-month disclosure period under consideration began on Sunday, March 12 and ends today, Thursday, May 11. Candidates may begin filing their reports as early as tomorrow, May 12.

The CFB will be tweeting the net contributions and expenditures for each campaign as they arrive and the website will be updated frequently throughout the day.

For more information about the filing deadline, please contact the CFB at press@nyccfb.info.

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New York City Campaign Finance Board to Meet May 11

Press release: The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 10:00 AM.

The meeting will be in the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Board Room of the CFB’s office in Lower Manhattan, at 100 Church Street, on the 12th Floor.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by calling us at (212) 409-1800. Building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering.

 

New York City Campaign Finance Board
Public Meeting Agenda
May 11, 2017
1. Special Announcement: “I Voted” Sticker Contest Winner

2. Approval of Minutes from April 13, 2017

3. Report of the Chair

4. Report of the Executive Director

5. Report from Voter Day 2017

6. Candidate Not Appearing

  • Darlene Mealy (2013)

7. Candidate Appearance

  • Joseph Nwachukwu (2012A)

8. Board Deliberations on Adjudications

9. Vote on Violations and Penalties

  • Darlene Mealy (2013)
  • Joseph Nwachukwu (2012A)

10. Vote on Public Funds Repayment

  • Darlene Mealy (2013)

11. Executive Session

The agenda is subject to change. Modifications made prior to the meeting may be posted to the agency’s Twitter feed, @NYCCFB. A live video stream of this Board meeting will be available at www.nyccfb.info/live.

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Common Cause Report Ranks NY Election Laws & Procedures

Earlier this year, Common Cause New York released a report endorsed by various civil rights groups evaluating current election laws and procedures in New York against the Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s nineteen recommendations, as well as the laws of other states. Some of the Commission’s proposed reforms include modernizing voter records, streamlining bureaucratic processes, increasing accessibility of polling sites for disabled voters, and establishing early voting in the state. You can view the full report here.

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NYC VOTES Announces “I Voted” Sticker Contest Finalists, Now Open to Public Voting

Press Release: NYC Votes is pleased to announce that voting for the next official NYC “I Voted” Sticker is now open. The public is invited to select their three favorite designs from 10 finalists in order of preference.

The new sticker will debut on the day of the citywide primary election, on Tuesday, September 12, at poll sites across NYC. The winning sticker will be printed by the NYC Campaign Finance Board and distributed on Election Day in partnership with the NYC Board of Elections.

Arranged in alphabetical order by the designers’ last names, the contest finalists are:

View our blog post for more information about the designers, and quotes from each of them describing their designs.

The ten finalists were chosen from more than 700 designs. The finalists were chosen based on their overall aesthetic quality, the strength and effectiveness of the design’s pro-voting message, how well the design reflects New York City, and the uniqueness or standout factor of the design.

“We’ve been overjoyed by the excitement and enthusiasm for this competition, and we hope this energy will transfer over to the fast approaching citywide elections this year,” said Amy Loprest, executive director of the CFB. “These ten designs were clear standouts, and I want to wish the finalists the best of luck.”

People of all ages and walks of life are eligible to vote in the contest on their phone, computer, or tablet. Participants will be able to choose their first, second, and third favorite designs.

Voting begins on Friday, April 28 and ends Tuesday, May 9, closing at 9:00 PM (ET) much like a real Election Day. The two-week voting window reflects the timeframe given to voters in many states with early voting laws. Early voting is one of several voting reforms that NYC Votes will be advocating for on Voter Day, May 2nd, in Albany.

The votes will be counted using an instant runoff voting model. Instant runoff voting is a style of voting used for elections in places like San Francisco, Minneapolis, Maryland, Australia, and Ireland.

Here’s a video from FairVote.org that simply explains how this process works:

MPR News: Instant Runoff Voting Explained

Watch the Video
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This voting model ensures that the winner will have support from a majority of voters. If a winner does not emerge with 50% of the vote in the 1st Choice tally, the sticker with the fewest votes will be removed from consideration. Voters who chose this sticker as their first choice will then have their second choice votes counted towards those stickers. This process will be repeated until one sticker has emerged with a 50% majority and is declared the winner.

NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the NYC Campaign Finance Board. For more information about the “I Voted” Sticker Contest, please contact the CFB at press@nyccfb.info.

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Vote Better NY Rally In Albany Tuesday

Press release– Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2nd, civic groups and concerned citizens from the Vote Better NY coalition will call on Albany lawmakers to remove New York’s barriers to the ballot and ensure the right to vote for every eligible New Yorker. Coalition members will gather at the State Capitol to share their personal voting experiences with lawmakers and advocate for election reform. 

Vote Better NY seeks common sense changes to New York’s voting laws to ensure that every eligible New Yorker is registered to vote, that voters have more than one day to get to the polls, and that every voter can cast a ballot that counts. This year, our legislative platform consists of:

Early voting (A2064 and S2950)

Voter Empowerment Act (A2278 and S3304) 

New York Votes Act (A5312)

Preclearance (A5925)      

When: Tuesday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Lafayette Park   
              Albany, NY

Speakers: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
                  State Senator Michael Gianaris

                  State Assembly Member Latrice Walker

                  State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh

                  Onida Coward Mayers, NYC Votes

                  Blair Horner, NYPIRG

                  Eddie Cuesta, Dominicanos USA

                  Zoe Davidson, Coalition Z

                  Sharon Lin, NYC Youth Poet Laureate

Vote Better NY partner organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Bronx Community College, Bronx Progressives, Brooklyn Advocates for Growth, Citizen Soldier, City University of New York, City University of New York University Student Senate, Coalition Z, Dominicanos USA, Get Organized BK!, League of Women Voters of New York City, Live On New York, Manhattan Community Board 11, NAACP Syracuse, National Council of Negro Women, North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter DST, NYC Voters, NYCD16-Indivisible, NYPIRG, Queens College NYPIRG Chapter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Eta Nu Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Learn more about Vote Better NY at http://www.votebetterny.org. Follow Vote Better NY events and join the conversation with the hashtag #VoteBetterNY.

 

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