It's been a difficult few weeks for many of us. As we enter this new uncertain political climate, it's more important than ever to stay active and engaged. To that end, I'm committing myself to keeping all of you informed on a more regular basis. Starting today, I'll be sending out regular email newsletters every two weeks. These emails will include information about upcoming neighborhood events, political actions and important local and national news. I hope you'll find it interesting and inspiring.
I. Election Day Report
ELECTION DAY REPORT
Many voters in New York, including those on the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, experienced incredibly long lines on Election Day, due to faulty machines and inefficient poll site coordination. Keen Berger, District Leader from the 66th AD as well as Chair of the Manhattan Democratic Party Elections Committee, filed the following Election Day report.
I agree wholeheartedly with Keen's recommendations and I am committed to doing everything I can to help implement them in the coming year.
Now, more than ever, we need to improve administration of elections so that everyone can vote. I saw, as you did, long lines on the street and I am glad that so many people wanted to vote --- but I also saw that some poll sites were much better organized that others, and some people did not or could not vote because of us.
Accordingly, I think we all need to work on the following:
1. Improve numbers and quality of coordinators and inspectors, by
a. Making the training more effective
b. including feedback from voters about quality of workers and coordinators
c. making the test more straightforward, measuring ability to read the manual, not ability to take tests.
d. Allow half days for poll workers. [the 17 hour day is a killer – decreases and discourages workers, as well as causes mistakes, anger, and so on]
2. Improve voter registration lists. Some affidavit voters should have been listed. Analyzed why each affidavit was necessary, to detect systemic flaws and fix them.
3. AD monitors must understand that their job is to be helpful, not petty. [Some coordinators found that the AD monitors were needlessly obstructionist. ]
4. Solve problem of broken scanners, with repair people taking hours to arrive. Can we train AD monitors, or select on-site inspectors, to fix minor jams? Or hire more techs?
5. Teach coordinators how to speed up lines. Some poll workers not only looked up names, but then took time to explain to people how and where to bubble in. That was great help, but could be done by someone else – cutting the time in half. Some coordinators figured this out, but again, I was struck by how some voters moved quickly, but some were on line for hours – because some coordinators had not figured out crowd control and efficiency on their own. We could teach them!
Sunday, December 4th
Holiday Tree Lighting at Carl Schurz Park
A cherished, family tradition: carols, Cantori choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, and hot chocolate.
Tuesday, December 6th
City Council Member Ben Kallos's Holiday Party
244 East 93rd Street (District Office)
Four Freedoms Democratic Club Holiday Party
East Wing, 306 East 76th Street (@2nd Ave)
Thursday, December 8th
New York at Its Core: A Special MCNY Tour
The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
Friday, December 9th
Roosevelt Island Free Legal Services
Hosted by State Senator Jose M. Serrano
The Mobile Help Center will be parked next to the Good Shepherd Chapel, 550 Main Street
To schedule a FREE private appointment, contact:
Phone: (212) 828-5829
Believe it or not, there is still one more election this year. In Louisiana, Democrat Foster Campbell is facing a Republican opponent in a runoff to determine who LA's next US Senator will be. This is our last chance to win a Senate seat this year, and he needs our help.
To sign up for remote phone calls to voters, fill out this form: http://action.lademo.org/page/s/start-calling
If you don't have time to volunteer, but you can donate a few dollars, click HERE.
District Leader, 76th AD