In the wake of the abysmally low turnout in the Nov. 7 mayoral election, the City Council is poised to approve a bill to make it easier for first-time voters to register online. A leading progressive Democratic club in Brooklyn is among many political organizations coming out in favor of the bill. Brandon West, vice president for policy for the New Kings Democrats, praised the legislation proposed by Councilmember Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side) to mandate the New York City Campaign Finance Board to create a secure website and mobile app for residents who want to register to vote online.
“This long overdue reform is a great first step to making it finally easier to participate in our democracy,” West said. “New York should be leading the pack on having an innovative and inclusive civic space, instead we lag far behind. Hopefully we can reverse this trend in low turnout and do so quickly.” Less than 25 percent of the city’s eligible voters showed up at the polls on Nov. 7, according to various media reports.