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Should NYC Municipal Elections Be Moved to Even-Numbered Years?

The pros, the cons, the law, and the politics of a proposal for New York City

Past: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 6:00 pm
New York
Speakers:
  • Ben Weinberg
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  • Marina Pino
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  • Sandra Ung
  • Brigid Bergin
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New York City has long elected its mayors and other municipal leaders in odd-numbered years. A growing chorus of reformers says that moving these elections to even-numbered years would improve local government and politics, driving higher turnout, lowering election costs, and bringing a broader and more representative electorate to the polls. Skeptics question these benefits. Should New York make the switch to even-numbered years? What legal and constitutional changes would be needed to make this happen? On Wednesday, January 17, this in-person panel will look at the pros, the cons, the law, and the politics of this interesting and innovative proposal.

Produced in partnership with the New York City Bar Association
 
Speakers:

  • Ben Weinberg, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Union
  • Sandra Ung, Councilmember, District 20, New York City Council
  • Marina Pino, Counsel, Brennan Center Elections and Government Program
  • Robert Jackson, Senator, District 31, New York State Senate
  • Moderator: Brigid Bergin, Senior Reporter, WNYC

Venue:
NYC Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

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