New York state passed a law this year allowing residents to vote early, instead of waiting in the sometimes-interminable lines that stretch around polling places during hot elections.
The early voting period started Saturday October 26, and runs until November 3, though you can’t vote early every day during that period. See the calendar below.
This is an important election year, even though there aren’t many candidates on the ballot. Public Advocate is the only citywide race right now. But there are ballot questions that could have a big impact on elections in the future, including one that could give New York “ranked-choice voting”. “In an RCV electoral system, voters would be able to rank their top five candidates for each position; the candidate who receives the most first-choice votes would win,” according to Curbed. To learn more about those, check out Curbed’s election guide.
Election Day itself is on November 5, and the polls are open on that day from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.
You’ll be assigned an early voting spot based on your address (you can’t just go to any one), so be sure to plug in your address to find out where to go. You can find your voting location info at this website. The full list of spots in Manhattan is below. If you do vote early, let us know how it went!