GoVote NYC is a nonpartisan initiative to strengthen democracy in New York City through civic engagement. It is a platform for community organizations throughout the city to share resources, information, and lessons learned from their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts. Hester Street has built on its Census 2020 work, along with eight other community-based organizations (Hispanic Federation, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York City Employment & Training Coalition, New York Civic Engagement Table, New York Immigration Coalition, Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition, F.Y.Eye, and all three Branches of the New York City public libraries) to work collaboratively and use data to improve voter outreach and turnout, foster collaboration between grantees, and measure the collective impact of GOTV efforts.

Data for Improved Voter Outreach and Turnout
As part of the initiative, Hester Street developed a mapping tool to help community-based organizations, civic institutions, and government groups’ GOTV efforts. The interactive GoVote NYC Map contains demographic data, voter registration information (including election turnout data and participation metrics), polling locations, and various neighborhood assets to help organizations identify voters and locate specific geographies to focus their outreach efforts.

Hester Street will host three public webinars on Zoom to showcase the tool and train community-based organizations on how to use the map. Each session will be tailored for specific groups, but are open to all:

Neighborhood CBOs: September 16th @ 3 p.m. EDT (Zoom link)

Citywide CBOs: October 1st @ 11 a.m. EDT (Zoom link)

Government Groups: October 12th @ 1 p.m. EDT (Zoom link)