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Post-Election Hearing for the 2020 Primary Election - Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC)

July 01, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and NYC Votes, its voter engagement program, held a charter mandated meeting and hearing to solicit voting experiences and recommendations from members of the public and our partners.

New Yorkers voted by mail and showed up at the polls during one of the biggest health crises in a generation during the June 23 primary election. COVID-19 put a strain on elections and introduced a citywide voting by mail experience, as Governor Cuomo’s executive order went into effect. This hearing surfaced challenges and recommendations for future elections, including the upcoming November 3, 2020 general election. The hearing starts with an analysis of preliminary election data from CFB staff and includes extensive public testimony covering the following topics:

  • Problems New York City voters experienced voting in the June 23 primary in person;
  • Experiences voting by mail, via absentee ballot;
  • Suggestions for improvements to elections in New York City.

Meeting Materials
Presentation / slides (PDF)
Transcript of Zoom Q&A (CSV)
Meeting Transcript (PDF)

Written Testimony

Additional testimony may be added as it is received