New Tool Helps Voters Navigate Upcoming Special Elections

The Long Island Index unveiled Monday.

Port Washington Garbage District boundaries. (Photo courtesy Long Island Index)
Port Washington Garbage District boundaries. (Photo courtesy Long Island Index)

An interactive, online tool has been introduced to help Long Island voters navigate the 158 special district elections taking place December 10.

Introduced Monday, the Long Island Index, a new online device enables users in Nassau and Suffolk counties to enter their address and learn which special districts serve them, when elections will take place and information about their polling location and the hours that polls are open. 

A project of the Rauch Foundation, the tool may be used free of charge online at mydistricts.longislandindexmaps.org.

The new device lists 665 government entities including special districts, providing basic services such as fire, police, sanitation, water, schools, and libraries. It lets voters know in which of the special district elections they are eligible to vote — in some cases, it can be can be more than one.

The online tool is the latest feature offered by the Long Island Index’s interactive map of government service providers.

According to the site, Dec. 10 Port Washington special district elections include the: Port Washington Garbage District; Port Washington Police District; and Port Washington Water District. 

“Long Island is unique in having so many government entities, and it makes it hard for Long Islanders to know when and where to vote,” said Ann Golob, director of the Long Island Index. “This new online tool simplifies the process.”

A Long Island-based family foundation, the Rauch Foundation invests in ideas and organizations that spark and sustain early success in children and systemic change in our communities. The Foundation was established in 1961 by Louis Rauch and Philip Rauch, Jr. Funding for the Foundation was made possible by the success of the Ideal Corporation, an auto parts manufacturer founded in 1913 by their father, Philip Rauch, Sr.

My Taxes Are Too Damn High December 03, 2013 at 06:36 AM
Why couldn't this election be held in November? With or without this tool, lucky if turnout exceeds 1000 people
Dave Franklin December 03, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I agree. This is the level at which people have the most say and control, yet as stated we get less than 1000 people to vote. I'd also like to see the vote moved from the Polish Hall to a more well known and more accessible polling place. That being said, please come out and vote Dec. 10th, and please get more involved in the process.
Stacy Brown December 03, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Hey Patch could you simplify what we will be voting for on Dec 10th. On each division. The websites on the interactive site list the addresses.
Dave Franklin December 03, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Water Commissioner, Garbage Commissioner, Police Commissioner. I think that's it, Stacy. Patch will correct me if I'm wrong.
Steve klyce December 03, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Thank you, Rauch Foundation! So now we finally know where the next polling place is. But how are we to make an intelligent decision with our vote? Going to the special district sites provides useful information, but I could not find anything about the candidates being elected. Is there a source for this information? Thanks. And, I know the date for special elections is controlled by state law, but how inefficient is it to have several separate elections per year? Combine them all and publish (on line) solid, unbiased information on all the candidates as the League of Women Voters do in CA.
Rich Jacques (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 09:38 AM
I'll be doing a more detailed special election story in the coming days. As far as I know, there's just three special elections in Port, as stated by Dave.
Stacy Brown December 03, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Thank you looking forward to the update.
Dave Franklin December 03, 2013 at 02:37 PM
I'm up this year, Rich. Let me know what you need.


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