Social Media on Politics & Social Media

Mashable is a news and media company reporting on all things relevant to the world wide web by utilizing the social media tools it covers. In an article one month before the November 6th election, Josh Catone revisits the online organizing tactics of the 2008 Obama campaign that beg the question, What effect is social media having on the election of 2012?

"Yet for all the talk of social media’s potential power as a political tool, for all the millions of followers and thousands of status updates, the Pew Research Center finds that the candidates aren’t actually very social. "Neither campaign made much use of the social aspect of social media," reported Pew in August. It seems that the campaigns are using social media as just another broadcast channel – blasting out partisan messages, and only taking very few opportunities to actually engage with fans, followers and voters. So if social media ends up being another one-way advertising medium, like print, radio or television, is it really a game changer?” 

As #NYC2013 candidates launch their websites and platforms, participateRespond to the issues and messages they present! Ask about the policies and promises that mean something to you! Speak for your communities, neighborhood and yourself! Put the social in social media and be a part of the democracy that makes this country great! 

How are you transforming social media from a one-way street like TV or radio into a high-speed network that brings communities, representatives and advocates together?


Take the 2012 NYC Votes survey about your voting experience, poll site, absentee voting, impact from Sandy or whatever you think at This voter assiztance campaign of the NYC Campaign Finance Board, promoting “voter registration, voting and civic engagement in New York City through community outreach and partnerships with public and private organizations.” They want to know how they can improve what they currently do and what ideas you have for the next vote!

According to WNYC, a radio blog, the Census Bureau shows that 49% of New York City residents speak languages from all over the globe. A quarter of residents speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and Chinese, Russian, Indic Languages and French Creole come next. 

“Just 51% of New Yorkers speak only English at home…”

The Board of Elections and Voter Assistance Advisory Committee should take note…How does this factor into the #NYC2013 election?

Who were the young community organizers who helped get out the vote? Young People For civic engagement fellows, featured by the People for the American Way blog. YP4 mobilized 22,000 voters and got 10,000 pledges through the YP4 network.

Are you interested in civic engagement or a particular issue? Do you want to belong to a community of like-minded, bipartisan people who care less about politics and more about improving their towns and cities? Apply to be a fellow with Young People For.

Community members of the YP4 fellowship, Front Line Leaders Academy and Young Elected Officials network gain resources and networks to lead and serve the people and causes they care about. As an alumna of the program, I feel honored to represent this organization and its staff. 

Blogger Rachel Ferrari is a 2011 Young People For fellow partnering with the organization as an alumna. YP4 provides training and support for young community organizers and advocates. YP4 is a program of the People for the American Way Foundation and partners closely with the Generational Alliance.


Arrive with Five is Young People For’s exciting way to make voting this Tuesday, November 6th a party! Get five people to commit to go to the polls, either with you or all over the country. Your vote is your voice, so make this election loud!

NYC voter registration forms must be postmarked by this Friday!

To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  2. Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
  3. Be 18 years of age before the next election.
  4. Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
  5. Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
  6. Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

Although you can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election.

If you have a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you can register to vote online.

Register to vote in person at one of our offices.

Register by mail with a Voter Registration Form from the New York City Board of Elections. Download the Voter Registration Application in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and Bengali. You may also obtain Registration Forms from libraries, Post Offices, and most New York City Government agencies.

Fill out a Voter Registration Application using only a pen with blue or black ink. Be sure to sign the form. Mail (DO NOT FAX) the Voter Registration Form to Board of Elections in the City of New York, 32 Broadway, 7 Flr. New York, NY 10004.

The Commission on Presidential Debates’ Calendar

Presidential and Vice Presidential debates will take place from 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

First presidential debate: Wednesday, October 3 University of Denver, Denver, CO Moderator: Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor of the PBS NewsHour Vice presidential debate: Thursday, October 11 Centre College, Danville, KY Moderator: Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News Second presidential debate (town meeting format): Tuesday, October 16 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent, CNN and Anchor, CNN’s State of the Union Third presidential debate: Monday, October22 Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL Moderator:  Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News and Moderator, Face the Nation
Presidential Debate: Domestic Policy Topics Announced

Jim Lehrer, moderator of the first 2012 presidential debate, has selected the topics subject to change due to news developments.

  • The Economy - I
  • The Economy - II
  • The Economy - III
  • Health Care
  • The Role of Government
  • Governing
The debate will be held on Wednesday, October 3 at the University of Denver in Denver, CO.  There will be six 15-minute time segments, each of which will focus on one of the issues listed above.  All debates start at 9:00 p.m. ET and run for 90 minutes on most basic channels.   Find more information at the Commission for Presidential Debates!

This hilarious video features Steve Carell urging you to register and vote, thanks to Don’t just watch, register and share with your friends!