We the undersigned are residents of New York City.
• We are under the age of thirty. We do not have the same level of commitment of connection to political parties that many in older generations do. Increasingly, we identify as independents and do not feel we should be excluded from the first and often critical round of primary voting.
• We ask the Charter Revision Commission to put a proposal before the voters to change our primary election system to a nonpartisan system of elections. This system allows all candidates to appear on the same ballot in the first round of voting and allows all registered voters to vote in that round. The top two vote getters would then appear on the November ballot. This type of system is employed in most major municipalities throughout our country and it is time for New York City to catch up.
o 897,180 voters in our city are not registered in either the Democratic or Republican parties.
o 751,442 of us are unaffiliated with any political party
o 25% of those unaffiliated voters are under the age of 30.
o 20% of us are African American
o 24% of us are Latino
o 11% of are Asian American
We want the right to vote in the primaries for City Council, Mayor, Public Advocate and Comptroller.
We want to participate in deciding what candidates what candidates will be on the ballot in November.
We should not have to join a political party in order to exercise our democratic rights.
The An Open Letter to the 2010 New York City Charter Revision Commission petition to New York City Charter Revision Com was written by Robert Conroy and is in the category Civil Rights at GoPetition.