Who Votes, Who Doesn't, and How You Can Change That

Thursday, August 08, 2013

super tuesday, ballots, voting, voting booths Votes cast their ballots (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

There's a big deadline coming up: August 16th is the last day to register to vote in this Fall's primary. We discuss various ways to increase turnout, and how you can get registered to vote.

  • In a first-ever on-air experiment, Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan helps one of our listeners, Dylan Fareed, register to vote in NYC. All of the tools and info you need to register can be found on our guide here.
  • Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, talks about her reporting and mapping of voter rates - not just turnout - in NYC, and what various groups are doing to reach non-voters. See the map below. Listen to Anna's piece here.
  • And New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi discusses how the city and other groups are using technology and mobile apps to register voters and get out the vote. Help out with New Tech City's hackathon survey.

Update: Dylan found a stamp! He's registered.


→ Resources: How To Register | WNYC Mayor Tracker | BL Show Mayoral Interviews


Jody Avirgan, Anna Sale and Manoush Zomorodi
News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [6]

Oscar from NY

...I actually think voting is terrorism...this ppl you vote for can become your enemy's or get you killed, haven't you seem Egypt,Iraq, and other countries?.. Leaders one day will be just a computer and not a human, I lost my faith in humans..

Aug. 08 2013 11:10 AM
Barbara from NYC

My mother raised me to believe that every citizen has a duty to pay attention to candidates' positions and to vote. She took me into the voting both and let me pull the big handle. And I did the same with my daughter. She came home to NY from college to vote for Obama in '08 because she wanted to cast her ballot in person, pulling the big handle to record her vote.

The duty to vote (and the fun of it) should be taught by parents and in civics classes in school.

Aug. 08 2013 10:46 AM

They sell stamps at Duane Reade! You don't have to go to a post office!

Aug. 08 2013 10:43 AM
pliny from soho

you may think its funny
but a lot of people won't register
because they see it as the road to jury duty

Aug. 08 2013 10:41 AM
Bob from Westchester, NY

Yes, in addition to being a registered voter you need to be enrolled (the official word used) in a party to vote in that party's primary (and also to be able to legitimately sign petitions to put candidates on the ballot in that party's primary).

Aug. 08 2013 10:37 AM
Phoebe from Bushwick

Do you need to be registered with a party to vote in that party's primary? Thanks!

Aug. 08 2013 10:26 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.