Press Release: MapLight Launches New Voter Guide for New York in Partnership with NYC Votes
MapLight Launches Voter's Edge New York, A Nonpartisan Voter Information Guide to the 2016 Elections
NYC Votes partners with MapLight to bring citizens in-depth voting information that's easy to understand, all in one place
April 12, 2016 -- MapLight, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that tracks money in politics, announced the launch today of Voter's Edge New York, an online voter information guide for elections across the state. The launch includes a partnership with NYC Votes, the nonpartisan voter engagement campaign of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee.
Voter's Edge New York provides unbiased, in-depth information on candidates and ballot measures down to the local level and campaign funding information for federal candidates. During a 2014 pilot program, Voter's Edge received more than one million visitors. Separate Voter's Edge guides are also available to voters in California and Illinois.
To use the tool, voters simply type in their home address and a personalized page is returned with all the contests that will appear on the user's ballot, supplemented with endorsements, funding sources, editorials, news articles, summary information, biographies and more. Voters can mark their choices and print their ballot to bring to the polls or share with family and friends via social media if desired.
"Voter's Edge New York is a one-stop shop for voters looking for comprehensive and unbiased information for every race on their ballot," said Daniel G. Newman, Co-Founder and President of MapLight. "We are thrilled to partner with NYC Votes to provide voters with knowledge to make informed decisions and increase civic engagement in the 2016 elections."
"Next week, New Yorkers will cast a pivotal vote in the presidential primaries and excitement is running high. The reliable, nonpartisan information that NYC Votes and MapLight provide is essential to helping voters cast an informed ballot," said CFB Executive Director Amy Loprest. "The candidates in the three state Assembly races may not be household names, but they can have tremendous influence in shaping our city's future. I urge all New York City voters to use this guide to make informed choices on April 19."
Voters in New York will have multiple opportunities to use Voter's Edge, with three separate primary elections before the general election in November. The presidential primary is on April 19, federal primary elections will be held June 28, and state and local primary elections are on September 13.
During the 2014 midterm elections, less than one third of New York's eligible population voted, the lowest voter turnout rate in the state in more than 70 years.
Voter's Edge offers free partnerships to media outlets and community organizations interested in expanding local and state election information in their communities, including co-branded voter guides on partners' websites. For an example, visit the NYC Votes partner website here: http://votersedge.nyccfb.info/. For more information on partnering with Voter's Edge, contact Alec Saslow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-319-4948.
About Voter's Edge
Voter's Edge New York was made possible by generous support from the Joyce Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The national expansion of the Voter's Edge project was also generously supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Kaphan Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that tracks money in politics. More information about MapLight can be found here.