Anticipating Problems When Voting on Election Day
At a meeting of NASW-NYC leaders, it was brought to our attention that many NYC voters could find it difficult to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Because of the recent redistricting of electoral lines, voters now have different electoral districts, possibly even new places to vote. This is ripe for confusion, and some, possibly many, registered voters may find it difficult to vote.
As an example, one of our Committee Chairs who works in a nursing home shared that the home had been a polling site, but no longer is. Social workers and their clients alike need to expect the unexpected to assure that our right to vote is honored.
What can be done?
If you or your clients find that you are not on any of the voting lists, you cannot be denied the right to vote. You can ask for an affidavit that you fill out and enables you to vote, and your registration will be verified later. You can also ask for the Coordinator at the polling site for assistance.
The AFFADAVIT BALLOT is an official form. Voters, especially seniors, should also be aware of their right to two additional ballots if they make a mistake. They also have the right to use the Ballot Marking Device if they have trouble writing or seeing. Finally, they can request help from the Inspectors (1 Republican & 1 Democrat) in executing their ballot.
Alternatively, absentee ballots can be completed by October 31.
Additionally, the NASW-NYC PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election) Committee has endorsed candidates running for elected official positions this election season. You can view that listing by clicking here.
Below is a listing of additional resources that should be helpful to you.
You can call :
In NYC 1-866-Vote NYC (868-3692)
Outside of NYC 1-212-Vote NYC (868-3692)
NYC Board of Elections website:
On the right hand side of the page there is a section called Poll site Locator & Sample Ballot. The information is available in 5 languages on the site: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Bengali.
League of Women Voters
On the left hand side there is a Poll site locator link.
Vote. Color of Change
Find out if you are registered.
Please share this information with your colleagues, your agency and your clients. Providing information about voting is non-partisan and every agency is in a position of informing large numbers of people.