New York City Looks to Technology to Grow Voter Turnout
Even though New Yorkers will have to vote with old-fashioned lever machines in the September primary elections, New York campaign finance officials and candidates are looking to 21st century technology to try and encourage voter participation and interest, especially among younger voters.
For the candidates, technology is playing a role in policy, outreach and advertising.
Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has her own mobile app and a technology agenda. Anthony Weiner included technology priorities as part of his interactive campaign booklet Keys to the City, though some New York civic technologists suggested his points revealed his ignorance of the city's progress. Independent Jack Hidary, a technology entrepreneur, has been using Crowdtilt to raise money for a campaign office and Thunderclap to promote his campaign. Weiner, John Liu, Sal Abanese and Adolfo Carrion participated in a June candidates technology forum sponsored by the Coalition for Queens. (There was also a forum for the Queens Borough President race.)
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