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by Brad Aaron
Photo: Katrine Syppli Kohl/Flickr
What’s on your mind as you vote today? Tell us in the comments.
The design of the ballot is still awful. Tiny crowded print, the ballot
questions are all but impossible to read. And the tiny space allocated
makes it almost impossible to write in a name. Plus the “privacy” folder
is smaller than the ballot and I had to hand my little white card to a
person standing right next to the scanner as I fed my now entirely
visible ballot into the slot.
Until we vote online from home I still prefer the old lever machines.
On my mind today: why doesn’t the city let foreign citizens who have lived in the city for years vote? Is not as if nationality is fundamental when it comes to choosing the person responsible for picking up the trash at your place of residence. Is someone who just moved from Hawaii a more informed (local) citizen than someone who moved from Britain? I was reminded of this issue by the latest post by the Invisible Visible Man, where he wrote that he would vote for de Blasio if he could.
I intend on writing in Janette Sadik-Khan. If enough people do this for the media to mention it even in passing, as a strange curiosity, it will send a strong message endorsing a certain kind of transportation platform.
I wrote in Janette Sadik-Khan.
I also wrote in Sadik-Khan.
Agreed!!! Could not read one thing on the ballot. Totally absurd.
People are free to vote as they choose, but I think a vote for JSK is a waste. I’m proud to vote for Bill deBlasio. I think folks are going to be more impressed with what he does than what he says in the media on transportation. He said that he will be laser focused on safety and we should make sure that’s followed through.
I just voted for JSK, but I had trouble fitting her name in the tiny write-in box.
Well I hope De Blasio; like Bloomberg, selects a DOT Commish who is daring, with an eye on international innovations. Another activist type, outside the box thinking individual. Someone that wants to transform our streets even more dramatically. Reduce injuries/fatalities, pollution, congestion, increase livability and enhance our urban environment. I like JSK but she’s probably gone next term, BDB is going to want his faithful I believe. A member he appoints.
Yes, it’s up to us to hold him to it. NYC is urban. We must focus on our pedestrians, mass transit, and bicycles when it comes to transportation and urban planning. It’s a major component of his primary motivation for running, an equal New York for everyone. Reducing our disparities. Most New Yorkers are pedestrians, and our walkability is what makes this city great. Our urbanity is why our city flourishes. We must not only embrace but enhance it.
Rats, she lost.
I took his “jury’s out” ped plaza comments (and other comments in the last few weeks) as a sign that he was taking the “livable streets” vote for granted. Now he knows he can’t take my vote for granted and the best candidate still won. How is that more wasted than one more vote for de Blasio?
Speaking at the Invisible Visible Man, I do wish I had a vote. I’d have been pretty interested in, for example, the Brooklyn DA race as well as the mayoral election.
But I’ve lived in the city only 15 months now, so I’m not sure how I could ever qualify under those circumstances.
I lived in Budapest, incidentally, from 1999 to 2003, before Hungary joined the European Union. If I lived there now, as a British citizen I would have a vote in local elections because I was an EU citizen. I think I was well enough integrated into society there that I would have been an informed, conscientious voter.
Of course there should be some reasonable waiting period. How long is a subject for debate.
Me, I’ve lived in this country more than 10 years, legally, but still don’t even have a green card. With some luck, I might be able to vote shortly before someone who happened to be born in the country the day I moved in. The wheels of bureaucracy are very slow.
I vaguely remember reading that there are some jurisdictions in the U.S. that do let foreigners vote in local elections. I think there was even a bill for that in NYC (unlikely to get anywhere, though). But especially in a place like NYC, there is a very significant minority of disenfranchised long-term residents.
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