Community Votes

Strengthening Community, Increasing Voter Turnout

Riis Settlement is working with Community Votes to expand our voter mobilization activities. Focused initially on the 2013 Mayoral Election and now on the 2014 mid-term elections, our goal is to increase the number of our staff, participants and community members that are registered, educated and turned out to vote.

Community Votes partners with community-based social service organizations to conduct nonpartisan voter mobilization so more underrepresented citizens participate in our democracy. To learn more: visit

Community Votes is an ongoing voter engagement initiative. You may find up-to-date voting information and educational resources here.


The outcome of local elections directly impacts our community. The results determine which services are prioritized, how resources are distributed and how funding is spent. Voting is an opportunity to elect representatives who reflect our community and our values, and it gives community members a voice to speak out for the changes they want to see. So are you registered?

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Who’s on the Ballot is a quick and easy-to-use website and mobile app that provides New York City citizens the location of polling places, information on candidates, sample ballots, and voter registration information. The project is based on the simple fact that the more informed we are, the more likely we are to participate in elections. Its mission is to provide voters with the tools they need to make an informed choice on Election Day. Who’s on the Ballot is a not-for profit project of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Decide NYC is a grand, central guide to the 2013 city elections and beyond. Its creators believe that New York City voters want and need clear, organized, and accessible information to decide who to trust with their vote in the 2013 NYC elections. The mission of Decide NYC is to help readers engage in the careful consideration of the candidates; to provoke conversation here and elsewhere about races, candidates, and issues; to aid in making thoughtful decisions on who to elect to lead this city; and to contribute to a significant increase in voter turnout in both the September primaries and the November general election in New York City, 2013.

Explore this voter guide to see how the mayoral candidates compare on issues of concern to low-income New Yorkers, and to the city as a whole. The voter guide reflects candidates’ responses to questionnaire developed by CCS. The candidates’ answers are presented in full.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The2013 Voter Guide Part I (7/10/2013) for New York State provides information on voter registration, absentee ballots, deadlines for registration, voting machines and more.