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Who Represents You, NYC?

The Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center /CUNY joined the League of Women Voters of the City of New York to launch “Who Represents Me: NYC."
To streamline citizen access to elected officials, "Who Represents Me: NYC" enables anyone to enter a street address on the website or geo-locate themselves from a smartphone to discover all relevant information about their district.
The site displays a list of all city, state, and federal elected representatives (as well as NYC Community Boards), an interactive map of the selected district, contact information for local offices, and links for more information such as email addresses, individual websites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages of elected officials.

Challenge

Before this digital infrastructure was created, citizens were confined to time-consuming web searches for government representative contact information. Each level of government has a district lookup feature, but if you want to contact all of your representatives you’ll need to click around on several websites.
As if blind-searching wasn't enough of a deterent to civic engagement, the boundary lines that determine electoral districts are gerrymandered and change constantly due to redistricting.

Solution

"Who Represents Me: NYC" was developed with the generous support of the New York Community Trust. It relies on geographic data from the New York State redistricting task force (LATFOR) and NYC Dept of City Planning's Bytes of the Big Apple website. In addition to the incredible help provided through CARTO, the overall site is built with the Twitter Bootstrap framework, and we use the Google Maps API for address matching, “typeahead” address search, and basemaps.

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