By Mia Antonini
It’s that time again—election season. Here’s a rundown of important dates and locations, registration information, and more. Be sure to click on the links below for more specific information.
Dates and Places to Know
Primary election day is Tuesday, June 27 — less than a month away — with polling locations open on the 27th from 6am until 9pm. If you want to cast your ballot early, the Early Voting Period is from June 17 until June 25. An important detail to note is that the primary elections for municipal office will use ranked-choice voting.
Looking ahead, General Elections will take place on Tuesday, November 7, from 6am until 9pm, with Early Voting from October 28 until November 5. For both elections, Early Voting hours depend on the day, with locations for both Early Voting and Election Day accessible through the Poll Site Locator from the Board of Elections.
What’s on the Ballot?
Being decided in the primaries are City Council, District Attorney (in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island), and some judge and delegate positions.
For City Council in the Upper West Side’s District 6, running are Democrat incumbent Gale Brewer and Republican Diane di Stasio. Brewer and di Stasio were already advanced to the General Election round, and will not be on the Primary ballot this June. West Side Rag will profile both candidates in the days leading up to the general election, as well as look into local judicial races.
Registering to Vote
You can’t vote it you’re not registered! If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, you may either check the NYC Voter Search or call 1-866-868-3692. If you are not registered and plan to vote in the June primary elections, you must be registered by June 17, and by October 28 for the General Election. There are several ways to register, including by mail, in-person, and online. If you’ve moved, it is vital to indicate this change to the Board of Elections within 25 days of an address change.
In order to register to vote, you must be at least 18 by the end of the year; be a resident of the city for at least 30 days; not be deemed mentally incompetent under a court; be a U.S. citizen; not currently reside in prison due to a felony conviction; and, finally, not “claim the right” to vote outside NYC. If you are at least 16 years old and want to get a headstart on voter registration, you are able to preregister to vote and once 18, you will be automatically registered and be able to take part in your first eligible election.
Remember, if you did not provide identification with registration, you must bring at least one valid form of ID to your polling location when you vote. A valid form includes a driver’s license number, a non-driver’s license ID number, or the last four digits of your security number.
If you decide to use an Absentee Ballot to cast your vote, a ballot can be applied for through the Absentee Ballot Application Portal, and can be accessed in a variety of languages at the bottom of the Board of Elections’s Absentee Voting page. Deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot are June 12 for the Primary election and October 23 for the General Election. As outlined on the ballot request page, New York State voters are no longer mandated to use a voting machine to vote if already provided with an absentee ballot; however, if voters with an absentee ballot do choose to vote in person, they are permitted to do so through an affidavit ballot. The Accessible Absentee Ballot Application is also available as an option for voters with visual impairments or other disabilities if they want to request a ballot with accessible features; however, these voters must print their own ballot. These Absentee Applications should be completed on paper and either brought to or mailed to their local borough office.
In order to vote through an absentee ballot, one must be unable to vote in person due to experiencing or being a primary caregiver to someone experiencing illness or disability (whether temporary or permanent), absence from country (or NYC) on election day, being a “resident or patient of a Veterans Health Hospital” or being in jail or prison due to a cause other than felony conviction.
Be sure to stay tuned to the WSR for more election updates and information!
(Thanks to Phyllis for the reminder.)