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NY1 Voter Guide 2010

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Voters across New York City head to the polls Tuesday to elect a slate of statewide candidates and cast their votes in two city referendums. Polls are open citywide between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

On The Ballot

Statewide races include the governor's race, where the major-party candidates are Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino; the attorney general's race, where Democrat Eric Schneiderman faces Republican Dan Donovan; and the comptroller's race, where incumbent Democrat Thomas DiNapoli faces Republican Harry Wilson.

Residents will cast votes in two U.S. Senate races, where incumbent Democrat Charles Schumer faces Republican challenger Jay Townsend, and incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand faces Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi.

Voters across the city will choose their U.S. Representative in 13 U.S. Congressional races, including a tight race in the 13th Congressional district that includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, where incumbent Democrat Michael McMahon faces Republican challenger Michael Grimm.

Voters across the state will also choose their representative to the State Senate and State Assembly, where the outcome of Tuesday's vote could affect the balance of power in the legislature. You can view all Senate races across the state using our Interactive N.Y. State Senate Map.

In Queens, voters will elect a new representative to the City Council in a special election to fill the council seat left vacant by the death of Thomas White, Jr. Voters through the city will also choose State Supreme Court and Civil Court justices.

And city voters will decide on two ballots issues: Whether to reduce the maximum number of consecutive terms for city officials from three to two, and whether to approve a slate of election regulations that includes increased disclosure of campaign spending, a reduction in the number of signatures necessary for the candidate to get on a ballot, and stricter conflict of interest regulations (see complete text below).

Voting Procedures

The following information is provided to assist residents in casting their vote.

 Find your local polling place by using NYC Board of Elections' Poll Site Locator tool.

 See the Board of Elections' complete list of candidates.

 Get familiarized with New York City's new paper ballot voting system by reading the city's official voting instructions and viewing the NY1 demonstration video.

Voting Resources

Voters can get help if needed from the following resources.

 Find more information about the city's polling places at the Board of Elections Hotline at 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692).

 Report voting issues to the city's Government Services Hotline at at 311.

 Report instances of ballot irregularities or voter intimidation to the nonpartisan national Election Protection organization at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or online at 866ourvote.org.

 Send pictures of any voting problems to NY1 News at newspix@ny1.com.
 

New York City Ballot Measures

Here is the text of the two ballot measures New York City residents are voting on Tuesday:

Term Limits - Citywide

Reduce from three to two the maximum number of consecutive full terms that can be served by elected city officials: and Make this change in term limits applicable only to those city officials who are first elected at or after the 2010 general election and; and Prohibit the City Council from altering the term limits of elected city officials then serving office.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

Elections and Government Administration - Citywide

Disclosure of Independent Campaign Spending: Require public disclosure of expenditures made by entities and individuals independent from candidates to influence the outcome of a city election or referendum;

Ballot Access: Generally reduce the number of petition signatures needed by candidates for city elective office to appear on a ballot;

Voter Assistance and Campaign Finance Board: Merge voter assistance functions, including a reconstituted Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, into the Campaign Finance Board, and change when Campaign Finance Board member terms begin;

Conflicts of interest Law: Require all public servants to receive conflicts of interest training, raise the maximum fine for a public servant who violates the City's conflicts of interest law, and allow the city to recover any benefits obtained from such violations;

City Administrative Tribunals: Authorize the Mayor to direct the merger of administrative tribunals and adjudications into the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and permit the Department of Consumer Affairs to adjudicate all violations issued by that department;

City Reporting Requirements and Advisory Bodies: Create a commission to review requirements for reports and advisory bodies and waive the requirements, subject to City Council review, where the commission finds they are not of continuing value: and

Map of Facility Siting: Include in the City's facilities siting map those transportation and waste management facilities operated by or for governmental entities, or by private entities that provide comparable services.

Shall this proposal be adopted?

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