ElectNYC is a one-stop-shop for the 2021 local election. Here you can find unbiased, concise information about the candidates running to represent you and the seats they hope to fill.
A project of Citizens Union Foundation and Gotham Gazette, with the support of the Ford Foundation, ElectNYC provides the tools New Yorkers need to understand these complex elections, to assess the candidates, and to vote.
How do I use ElectNYC?
There are several ways to use this election center. You can search by a candidate’s name or by a specific race or district. You can browse through the maps and find your area. Or you can enter your address. For every race, you will find a short description of the job that candidates are running to fill. There is a short description of the district they seek to represent. And there is a summary about candidate’s campaign, positions, and goals. Further reading and links to candidates’ websites and social media are also available here.
Where do you get your information from?
We perform in-depth, independent research, We use information from reputable news sources, candidate websites, the Campaign Finance Board, social media, and original reporting. Then we draft non-partisan and unbiased profiles on the candidates running for office. Where possible, we provide references and links to the sources of information we use in our analyses.
Due to the scope of this election, we cannot maintain the same level of coverage on all races. We are giving a priority to City Council districts that a) do not receive enough local news coverage, b) historically low turnout in city elections, and c) are highly-competitive races. For other races, like ones where an elected official is running for re-election, we provide basic information and refer voters to the candidates’ websites and social media
What is your goal?
Our mission for the 2021 elections is straightforward. To present New Yorkers with no-nonsense, non-partisan information about the candidates in this complex and important election. With shrinking local news coverage and the growth of fake news, our aim is to avoid the political hyperbole in order to provide voters with trustworthy guidance about who the candidates are, how they would run the city and how to cast a vote.
A lot has changed in the last 20 years since the city faced a government turnover of this magnitude. Coverage of campaigns by local newspapers and other media has waned as social media has become the main way people get their news. Much of the public’s attention has understandably turned to Washington. Voters are also exposed to targeted campaign messaging from candidates running in their area.
The absence of such a resource prevents many voters from engaging in informed debates about the future of its government. That ability to assess candidates, especially in these local races, is also particularly difficult for voters from communities where there is no independent press and not much opportunity for public debate.
ElectNYC is a one-stop-shop for the 2021 local election. A website, social media, and on-the-ground campaign to inform, engage, and empower voters to take part in these elections and chart the future of their city, and their communities.
Do you support candidates?
No. ElectNYC does not support any candidate, party, or policy position. We offer unbiased, no-nonsense information. Our aim is to avoid the political hyperbole in order to provide you, the voter, with enough independent information that you can decide on your own. We offer details about who the candidates are, what they believe, how they would do the job they are running for, and what they will do to help you and your neighborhood.
Who is developing this?
ElectNYC is a project of Citizens Union Foundation and Gotham Gazette, with the support of the Ford Foundation and other groups. As New York’s oldest good government group, Citizens Union has been providing reliable, non-partisan information about local elections for over a century. It is committed to fostering accountability, transparency, and democratic reform in New York government. Among its focus areas are are reforming the way money is used in politics, ethical standards of public servants, greater police accountability, and increased civic engagement by voters.
Gotham Gazette is a pioneering, award-winning online newspaper that covers city and state government. It has a rich tradition of reporting government policy that affects everything from the spaces where New Yorkers live and play to police tactics and civil rights. A major source of information for candidates, elected officials, advocates, and City Hall insiders, Gotham Gazette brings New Yorkers illuminating analysis and original investigating reporting
How can I get involved?
We are building a network of partners to provide public education and information, organize local debates, and raise awareness on the importance of next year’s elections. We also offer social media kits to spread information about the election in your community. See more info here.
What if I have feedback on the content you present?
We do our best to keep information up to date on the dozens of races and hundreds of candidates running in the election. However, we welcome any feedback, suggestions, tips, and updates. The best way to send us feedback is through this link. Campaigns, civic groups, journalists, or community members – feel free to reach out. No one knows New York better than New Yorkers.
Can I use the content on ElectNYC?
If you are interested in re-publishing or re-printing the content on ElectNYC, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to share the research with other outlets and groups.
ElectNYC is made possible by the generous contributions of the following supporters:
- The Ford Foundation
- The Klingenstein Family Foundation
- The Agnes Gund Foundation
- Tony Smith, Citizens Union & Citizens Union Foundation Board Member
- Gail Erickson, Citizens Union & Citizens Union Foundation Board Member
- Alan Rothstein, Citizens Union Foundation Board Member
- Rick Schaffer, Citizens Union Foundation Board Member
- Nancy Bowe, Citizens Union & Citizens Union Foundation Board Member
- Alan Lubliner, Citizens Union Board Member
- Stephen Meringoff, Chairman, Meringoff Properties, Inc.
- Rose Peabody Lynch, General American Investors Company, Inc. Board Member