Raising Voter Turnout in East Flatbush

Registering voters (Photo by Tatyana Bellamy-Walker via Amsterdam News)

Ahead of the midterm elections, the Black-owned nonprofit East Flatbush Village has set up pop-up voter registration drives, after training dozens of youth volunteers with the help of Common Cause New York. The young people have been assisting local residents in registering to vote in hopes of improving voter turnout rates, reports Tatyana Bellamy-Walker for Amsterdam News.

Residents are guided through a complicated pre-voting process with volunteers verifying registration status, eligibility and informing ex-parolees of their voting rights.

Volunteers don’t just help register people to vote.

Voters are often confused about the location of their polling site. One way East Flatbush Village is trying to combat this issue is by helping residents use The New York City Board of Elections’ Lookup, a database with assigned voting sites.

Go to Amsterdam News to hear from recently registered voters who address problems they’ve encountered at polling sites and what prompted them to sign up to vote this time around.

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