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Forum: Meet Our Board of Elections Commissioners

April 1, 2021 * 7:00 P.M. * via Zoom

An Evening with our Monroe County Board of Elections Commissioners:
Behind the Scenes: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Handling of Elections
Lisa P. Nicolay, Republican Commissioner
Jackie Ortiz, Democratic Commissioner

Behind the scenes at the Board of Elections

• What happens when people cast their votes? (Absentee, Early Voting, Election Day)
• Where does your vote go and how does it get there?
• Who oversees the process and what kind of screening do those people undergo?
• Who reports the numbers and to whom?
• How is it that the media get the numbers so quickly?
• What kind of security is built into the process to ensure that things are done correctly?
• What is the process of handling absentee ballot applications?
• What is the process of handling absentee ballot receipt and counting?
• Why does it take so much longer for NYS to count absentee ballots than other states?

What will be different in the 2021 Elections?

• Lessons learned from 2020
• What legislated changes are going into effect in 2021?

a. For the primaries
b. For the general election

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Lisa Nicolay Jackie Ortiz

Cosponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women.

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Social Media and Democracy

Four Things We’ve Learned that Might Surprise You

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 5:30 P.M.
via Zoom
With Dr. Joshua Tucker,
Professor of Politics, New York University

Join Professor Joshua Tucker, Co-Director of NYU's Center for Social Media and Democracy and the co-editor of the recently published Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform for a presentation of recent research on fake news, foreign influence campaigns, hate speech on Twitter, and the impact of Facebook on ethnic polarization – much of which will challenge what you thought you knew about social media's complicated relationship with the political sphere.

Professor Tucker will also address the urgent need to make sure that researchers are able to access the data necessary to inform the public about social media's impact on society, and the ways in which the League of Women Voters can play a role in ensuring this happens.

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, a co-Director of the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics, and a co-author/editor of the award-winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. He is the co-Chair of the independent academic advisory team for the 2020 Facebook Election Research Study, serves on the advisory board of the American National Election Study, the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and numerous academic journals, and was the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science. His most recent book is the co-edited Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field (Cambridge University Press, 2020) available at:

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This event is cosponsored with the League of Women Voters of New York City.

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