Post-Election Debrief with 21st Century Democracy and Technology Meetup.
In 2013, Open NY Forum and several other meetups will be teaming up to cohost events. This event is the first of many with the 21st Century Democracy and Technology meetup.
As we unpack the results of the national election and shift our focus to upcoming New York elections, we're getting together to discuss the availability of election information via non-partisan digital platforms, and its effect on voter turnout.
In so many ways, technology is changing our relationship to voting. Through a partnership with the NYU Wagner Schools Code for Change program, the Campaign Finance Board worked with a team to introduce Votescope, a mobile app that directed New Yorkers to their poll site and provided information about candidates.The Board of Elections released a pollsite finder app as well. The team behind Whosontheballot.org has also created a remarkable resource. Mobile Commons connected voters to their poll site location by text message. Common Cause helped build a mobile app that helped voter report problems at the polls.
But preliminary numbers show that in-person turnout in New York City was down significantly compared with 2008. Nearly 200,000 fewer New Yorkers stood in line to vote on Election Dayfrom 2.5 million in 2008 to 2.3 million earlier this month.
The 21st Century Democracy and Technology and Open NY Meetups join forces Dec 11 for a panel and roundtable discussion on digital tools and civic engagement.
Panelists and further details TBA; save the date!