GET INVOLVED, GET ENGAGED
Now more than ever, Queens residents value the importance and impact that being civically involved can have on ensuring equity of resources and accurate political representation.
The main objective of the Civic Engagement policy area of the Queens Borough President’s Office is to bring civic related resources and information directly to our community members and organizations. The Civic Engagement Committee initiative will ensure that every Queens resident is able to have a seat at the table in order to enable them to positively impact their neighborhood and community. If you would like to learn more about the civic issues that impact our borough, consider joining the Queens Civic Engagement Committee.
The mission of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards’ Queens Civic Engagement Committee is to inform and educate community residents, organizations and stakeholders regarding the most pressing civic issues facing our Queens communities. From Rank Choice Voting and voter registration to redistricting and reapportionment, the members of the Civic Engagement Committee will be provided with the resources needed to ensure that our various Queens communities are civically involved and are not left out of the conversation.
Click here to complete the Membership Application Form, for those interested in joining the Civic Engagement Committee.
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
In a 2019 referendum, 74% of New York City voters passed Ranked Choice Voting as a new way to vote in New York City. Voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference, instead of casting a vote for just one. Ranked Choice Voting will be used in special elections and primaries for New York City offices only.
To learn more about how the Rank Choice Voting process works, view this how-to educational video from the New York City Board of Elections in the following languages. A transcript of the video is available in the following languages: বাংলা (Bangla), 普通話 (Chinese), 한국어 (Korean) and Español (Spanish).
Click here for a more comprehensive breakdown of the Rank Choice Voting process and Frequently Asked Questions.
Looking to spread the word about Rank Choice Voting? This social media toolkit from the NYC Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit and Democracy NYC has you covered! Social media graphics and sample text are available in English, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), French, Italian, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Yiddish.
Redistricting and Reapportionment
Reapportionment is the process by which representation in a legislative body is distributed among its constituents. The number of seats in the United States House of Representatives is fixed at 435. The United States Constitution dictates that districts be redrawn every 10 years to ensure equal populations between districts. Every ten years, upon completion of the United States Census, reapportionment occurs. Redistricting is the process of redrawing district boundaries to guarantee equal voter representation.
Borough President Richards hosted a Virtual Redistricting Town Hall with local experts on October 18. Click here to view the Town Hall.
Click here for more information.