Early Voting in NYC
As you may know, New Yorkers are heading to polls this week for early voting which started over the weekend and will run until November 6th. You can find your Early Voting poll site and hours of operation here. Please note that Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 and that polls will be open from 6am to 9pm.
This year, the NYC Board of Elections is asking you to FLIP YOUR BALLOT for an opportunity to weigh in on four ballot proposals that could add new racial justice measures to the New York City Charter and enable statewide investments in climate action. The Coffee Talks Internship Series welcomed the Executive Director of the Racial Justice Commission last week for a presentation on the measures. You can view the Facebook Live here.
A summary of the four proposals on the ballot are below. To learn more about the Ballot Proposals, please visit 2022 Statewide Ballot Proposals | New York State Board of Elections (ny.gov) and #GOTV Nov. 8, 2022 | FPWA.
- NYS Proposal: Environmental Bond Act: The first question to voters is whether New York State should pass the Clean Water, Clean Air, And Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. This measure would allow up to $4.2 billion in state bonds to be sold to fund environmental protection, natural restoration, resiliency, and clean energy projects.
- NYC Proposal: Add a Statement of Values to Guide Government: The second question to voters is whether New York City should add an introduction to the City Charter that would define a vision for a just and equitable city and direct government to correct past and continuing harms.
- NYC Proposal: Establish a Racial Equity Office, Plan, and Commission: The third question to NYC voters is should the city develop a racial equity planning process that would be run by a commission. The goal of this proposal is to reduce or end racial disparities in New York City by creating a Racial Equity office that would work with all city agencies to develop and carry out plans related to achieving racial justice.
- NYC Proposal: Measure the True Cost of Living: The fourth question asks NYC voters if the city should create a “true cost of living” measure to inform policy and program decisions. The goal of this proposal is to create a measure that would track the cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, and other necessities.