The work to reform the Board of Elections starts today

We did it. We flipped the New York State Senate blue, and Democrats took back the U.S. House of Representatives. Brooklyn Democrats – alongside independent and even Republican voters – did their part by showing up in droves to vote for Andrew Gounardes for New York State Senate and Max Rose for Congress. In fact, approximately 44% of active, registered Democrats voted in Kings County yesterday. But our thrill over high voter turnout and the election’s outcomes is matched by our frustration with the New York City Board of Elections.

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Consider These Three Ballot Proposals on Tuesday

On November 6, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote on three ballot initiatives (on the second page of your ballot!). These initiatives are proposed changes to New York City’s Charter, a document that outlines core powers and responsibilities for the city’s elected and appointed officials, departments, and agencies. They were developed through a Charter Revision Commission appointed by Mayor de Blasio to improve civic engagement in the city.

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What Happened at County Committee? Looking at the Data, Part II: The Count

This post is the second of a series of blogs posts from New Kings Democrats about what happened at the first County Committee meeting of the 2018-2010 cycle.

There was an actual contested election at the last County Committee meeting of the Kings County Democratic Party on September 27. But it went off the rails quickly because the numbers announced did not add up to the result proclaimed. We visited the Party's offices the Monday after the chaotic meeting to try to get to the bottom of what happened. With the physical record of the vote, New Kings Democrats has been able to produce our own estimate of the final vote total, identify the main reason the count at the meeting kept changing, and distinguish the crucial votes that won a majority for the establishment's slate.

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