Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.
We work both locally and nationally to ensure that fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates are elected at all levels of government. We develop innovative ways to advocate for the issues that matter to our members and support legislation which has a positive effect in our communities. We promote transparency and ethical practices in government. We engage people in the political process and give them the tools to organize, communicate, mobilize, and enact change on the local, state, and national level.
You can download our bylaws here.
We have enacted new temporary rules for voting in DFNYC's endorsements in 2012 races.
We developed these rules to have a voting process that is efficient, reduces burden on our members and is fair to candidates. For 2013 and beyond, we will develop more formal rules.
1. For your vote to be counted, you need to be in our database (receiving the DFNYC email newsletter directly) as of July 11, 2012, last Wednesday. It is okay if you were registered under a different email or at a different address, but you need to have been in the database before voting opened last week. We have this rule to discourage vote packing by people that were not already connected with DFNYC.
2. Voting opened on July 12 and will be open until this Thursday, July 19. If you are sending in a paper ballot, it must be postmarked by Thursday and received by Saturday.
3. You must provide the contact information requested in the online voting, for verification purposes. (Don't worry; we're not going to flood your mailbox with donation requests. We don't do snail mail; we have snail mail addresses to know what districts our members are in and to be in compliance with the FEC on contributions.)
4. Secret balloting: We are very lucky to have two volunteer "vote counters" - esteemed leaders of a DFA group in another state. They are great people who can be trusted to handle this process, and far enough away that they don't care who anyone voted for. The leadership of Democracy for NYC will not have information about who voted for which candidate. The DFA leaders acting as election volunteers will only provide us with voter contact info so that we can verify that you are eligible to vote.
5. Election results will be tabulated by more than one person to ensure accuracy.