September 9, 2013

New York voters have more reason than ever to vote in Tuesday’s primary mayoral election. Columbia University’s WhosOnTheBallot.org project, which helped multitudes of New Yorkers to vote in the last election, has launched a mobile web app that voters can use to find information about candidates and poll site locations--anytime and anywhere.

WhosOnTheBallot.org is a nonpartisan voter education website that provides New York City residents with easy access to election information in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Simply by entering their address, voters can find information about their candidates, their poll site location, and other election information for the upcoming primary election. Under the direction of Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia University SIPA, the WhosOnTheBallot.org project is based on the simple idea that a more informed electorate is more likely to participate in elections.

“We’re expanding on the resource we built last year,” said Fuchs. “By focusing on delivering the site to users on mobile devices, we hope make it easier for more New York City voters to access important election and candidate information, wherever they happen to be.”

To reach the greatest number of citizens, WhosOnTheBallot.org is working with organizations in every community in New York City–including business, government, the academy, civic organizations, and community groups to share the resource. In a related effort, WhosOnTheBallot.org recently released a web “widget” that allows non-profit organizations to easily plug the WhosOnTheBallot.org functionality directly into their website, allowing them to easily extend the app to their constituents and employees.

WhosOnTheBallot.org Advisory Committee

  • William von Mueffling, Cantillon Capital Management
  • Ester Fuchs, Columbia University
  • Jose Calderon, Hispanic Federation
  • Steve Choi, New York Immigration Coalition
  • Dick Dadey, Citizens Union
  • Andrea Shapiro Davis, NYC Mayor’s Office
  • Chloe Drew, Council of Urban Professionals
  • Anne Sutherland Fuchs, NYC Commission on Women’s Issues
  • Rachel Sterne Haot, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
  • Susan Lerner, Common Cause New York
  • Amy Loprest, NYC Campaign Finance Board
  • Mary McCormick, The Fund for the City of New York
  • Scott Millstein, Coro New York Leadership Center
  • Jeanne B. Mullgrav, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
  • Katherine Oliver, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
  • Pamela Perkins, Board of Elections in the City of New York
  • Arva Rice, New York Urban League
  • Gene Russianoff, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
  • Dawn Sandow, Board of Elections in the City of New York
  • Robert Y. Shapiro, Political Science Department
  • Michael Stoller, Human Services Council of New York
  • Mary Lou Urban, League of Women Voters of New York City
  • Nancy Wackstein, United Neighborhood Houses of New York
  • Dorian Warren, Columbia University
  • Kathryn Wylde, Partnership for New York City
  • Kathryn Yatrakis, Columbia University