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What am I voting on this June?
On June 22nd, NYC will hold a Primary election for local offices including Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, City Council, and District Attorney (Manhattan).
What is a Primary Election?
What is a General Election?
General elections are the championship match, where candidates from different parties compete to win elected office. Winners of primary elections represent their party in the general election. General elections sometimes include ballot proposals, where voters choose whether to adopt new laws or policies.
What is a Special Election?
Where can I find information about the candidates who will be on the ballot?
Right here! To learn more about the candidates on your ballot, just click on “Meet the Candidates” in the navigation up top. You can enter in your address to find which offices will be on your ballot, and a list of candidates running for each office. You can also find profiles submitted by candidates, including videos and more.
Can I vote in the June 22 primary election?
You are eligible to vote in the June 22 primary election if you are a registered voter who is a member of a political party that is holding a primary. To find a list of primary races happening on June 22, enter your address into our online Voter Guide in the Meet the Candidates section. You can view each office that will be on the ballot, and the parties holding primaries for each office.
Ranked Choice Voting
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
How does Ranked Choice Voting work?
You can rank up to five candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one. If a candidate receives more than 50% of 1st-choice votes, they are the winner. If no candidate earns more than 50% of 1st-choice votes, then counting will continue in rounds. At the end of each round, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated. If you ranked that candidate 1st, your vote will go to the next highest ranked candidate on your ballot. This process will continue until there are two candidates left. The candidate with the most votes wins.
Can I still vote for just one candidate?
Do I have to rank a total of 5 candidates?
Can I rank my favorite candidate more than once?
No. If you rank your preferred candidate more than once (for example as your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th choice), then only your first ranking will count. There is no strategic benefit to giving the same candidate multiple rankings. It doesn’t help them, and it takes away your chance to have a say about who you’d choose next out of the remaining candidates (This is another way your ballot can get “exhausted”).
Can I rank multiple candidates as my first choice?
How do I vote for a write-in candidate with Ranked Choice Voting?
Does ranking 5 candidates mean I have 5 votes?
Will the voting machine tell me if I make a mistake on my ballot?
If you vote in person, the voting machine will let you know if you give multiple candidates the same ranking. If you make a mistake, you can ask a poll worker for a new ballot. However, the voting machine will not let you know if you skip rankings or rank the same candidate multiple times, since your top-choice vote will still count in those cases.
When can I expect results in Ranked Choice Voting elections?
Where can I find official election results?
The NYC Board of Elections will share unofficial election results after polls close on Election Day. However, these results will not include any absentee ballot votes. After they receive all absentee ballots, they will finish counting and release certified final results. You can find election results at the NYC Board of Elections website.
Vote by Mail
Can I still vote in person if I request or submit an absentee ballot?
Can I drop off my absentee ballot at my poll site?
Yes! You can drop off your completed absentee ballot at any NYC poll site. Ballot boxes will be available at the front desk. You can also drop off your ballot at any Board of Elections office. You do not need postage if you are dropping off your ballot.
Can I track my absentee ballot after I return it?
Can I fix my absentee ballot if I made a mistake?
The Board of Elections is required by law to notify you if there is a curable error on your ballot envelope, such as a missing or incorrect signature. If there is a fixable error on your ballot, they will contact you by mail, email, and phone (if available) within 1 day of discovering the error. You will then have a minimum of 5 days to correct the error by returning a signed affirmation.
Can I vote absentee in person?
Sounds strange, but it’s true! You can vote absentee in person at your borough’s Board of Elections office. Offices are open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and on the weekend prior to Election Day. This can be a helpful option if you miss the deadline to request a ballot online or by mail. On Election Day offices are open until 9pm.
Can I join a permanent absentee ballot list?
Yes! If you are permanently ill or disabled and cannot get to your poll site, you can join the Board of Elections permanent absentee ballot list. To join, check the box marked “permanent illness or physical disability” on the absentee ballot application. The Board of Elections will automatically send you an absentee ballot application for every election you are qualified to vote in.
Can I vote early before Election Day?
Yes! You can vote early in person from June 12-June 20. You can also vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot.
Saturday, June 12
Sunday, June 13
Monday, June 14
Tuesday, June 15
Wednesday, June 16
Thursday, June 17
Friday, June 18
Saturday, June 19
Sunday, June 20
Can I vote on Election Day if I requested or submitted an absentee ballot?
If I’m in line at my poll site when polls close, can I still vote?
Will I know who won on Election Day?
Maybe, but don’t be surprised if we have to wait a few weeks. The Board of Elections can receive absentee ballots until seven days after Election Day, so the results of some races may not be known until all ballots have been received. In addition, primary elections for city offices will use Ranked Choice Voting. In Ranked Choice Voting elections, voting can take several rounds if no candidate receives a majority of votes in the first round. In these cases, the Board of Elections will not begin the additional rounds of counting until all absentee ballots have been received. It’s worth taking the time to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.
Registering to Vote
Am I eligible to vote?
How do I register to vote?
If you have a New York State ID, you can register online with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If you do not have a New York State ID, you can complete a voter registration form and mail it to the Board of Elections. You can also visit your Borough Board of Elections office to register in person.
If you don’t have a New York State ID or a printer, you can digitally fill out a form with TurboVote and have them print and mail it to you, so you can sign and return to the Board of Elections. The platform also works on mobile, so you don’t even need a computer.
How can I check if I’m registered to vote?
Do I need to update my voter registration if I move?
Yes! When you move, you should change your address with the Board of Elections by submitting a new voter registration form. Complete the section labeled “Voting information that has changed” by entering your old address. If you would like to become a member of a political party, or remain a member of your current political party, make sure to select your political party on your registration. In order to vote in the June 22 primary election, your change of address must be received by the Board of Elections by June 2.
Do I have to join a political party when I register?
Can I change my party affiliation after I register to vote?
Yes! To update your party affiliation, you must submit a new voter registration form. On your form, make sure to select the political party that you would like to join. The deadline for already registered voters to change their party affiliation before the June 22 primary was February 14. However, new voters can register and join a political party through May 28.
Can I register to vote if I have a felony conviction?
What are my rights while voting?
At your poll site you have the right to:
- Ask a poll worker for help
- Use an interpreter if you need language assistance
- Bring any voting materials with you
- Vote even if the voting machine is broken
- Vote by affidavit ballot if your name is missing from the list of voters at your polling site
- Not show an ID if you are not a first time voter
Do I have a right to take time off work to vote?
Yes! You have the right to take two paid hours off from work at the beginning or end of your shift if polls are open for less than 4 hours before your shift starts and after it ends. That means on Election Day, you can take paid time off if you are scheduled to start work before 10am and end work after 5pm. You must notify your employer at least two days before you plan to vote.
Who should I call if there’s an issue at my poll site?
You can call the NYC Board of Elections about any issues at your poll site. Call 1-866-Vote-NYC (1-866-868-3692).
Who can I contact if my rights, or someone else’s, are being violated?
You can contact the Election Protection hotline to speak with a trained Election Protection volunteer and get free legal support. Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
Can I vote if I was formerly incarcerated?
Can I vote if I’m experiencing homelessness?
Yes! If you are experiencing homelessness, you can register and vote in New York City. You must include a mailing address where the BOE can send you notices on your registration form.
What support is available if I need filling out my ballot?
Ballot Marking Devices are available at all poll sites to help voters fill out their ballots during early voting and on Election Day. These devices can be helpful to voters who are blind, visually impaired, or have a disability or condition that make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot with a pen. However, any voter can request to use a Ballot Marking Device.
You can use a Ballot Marking Device to see your ballot on a display screen, listen to your choices through headphones, or translate your ballot into additional languages. If you’d like to use a Ballot Marking Device, just ask a poll worker!
The device provides four ways to mark your ballot:
- Touch screen
- Sip & puff device
- Keypad (Braille)
- Rocker paddle
Can I bring someone to help me vote?
Can I request an accessible absentee ballot?
Are poll sites accessible?
Yes! The NYC Board of Elections ensures that every poll site in the city is accessible to all voters during early voting and Election Day. If there are any issues with your poll site, you can contact the Board of Elections at 1-866-Vote-NYC (212-487-5496).
Can I bring a translator to help me vote at my poll site?
Yes, as long as they are not also your employer or union representative. Some poll sites have materials in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Bengali. The languages available at your poll site are based on local Census data.
In addition, interpreters are available at some poll sites to provide assistance in these languages and others, such as Arabic, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Yiddish. You can learn which poll sites offer translators in each language at the Civic Engagement Commission’s website.
Can I vote on a ballot in a language other than English?
It depends on where you live. By law, New York City ballots and other voting materials are translated into Bengali, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish at certain poll sites based on local Census data.