When is Election Day?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the following elections in New York state will take place June 23:
- Presidential primary. All registered voters in New York can vote in their party's primary on this date
- Primary for all New York seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Primary for all seats in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate
- Primary for Queens borough president, for the remainder of Melinda Katz's term. NOTE: Only for registered voters in Queens
Can I vote without having to go to a poll site in person?
For the June primaries, yes, New Yorkers are encouraged to vote absentee because of the coronavirus pandemic. Voters can fill out the application mailed to their home and return it by June 16, or apply online at nycabsentee.com.
The “temporary illness” category has been expanded to cover voters affected by COVID-19 or facing the potential of contracting it.
The absentee ballot will arrive in the mail. Ballots must be postmarked by June 22 — the day before Election Day — and reach the Board of Elections no later than seven days after the primaries to be counted.
What if I still want to vote in person?
More than 1,200 poll sites will still be open across the city.
Polling places in New York City will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hours are different if you are voting early. New York’s early voting period begins June 13 and lasts through June 21.
If you would like to vote in person, doing so during this time allows for voter traffic to be spread out so there are fewer people at polling places on Election Day.
Workers at voting sites will take precautions to keep themselves and voters safe. They’ll be social distancing, wearing masks, and disinfecting when and where they can. If you go to vote, you should do the same.
Because of expanded absentee voting, some winners may not be announced until days after Election Day.
The winner of each primary will be that party's nominee in the general election. The winner of the general elections will be elected to office.
How do I register to vote in New York State?
- You can register in person at your county Board of Elections. There is one in each borough – The Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Richmond (Staten Island), Queens and Kings (Brooklyn).
- You can also apply to register to vote at a host of New York State agency offices. See a full list.
- You can request that a voter registration application form be mailed to you on the state Board of Elections website, or you can call 1-800-FOR-VOTE.
- You can submit that voter application form to your local DMV. You can also register to vote on the DMV website if you already have a DMV-issued ID, such as a driver's license.
- The state Board of Elections website makes a registration form available on its website. It can be either filled out on a computer and then printed out, or it can be printed and filled out by hand. Once filled out, it must be mailed to your county Board of Elections.
- City residents can also call 1-866-VOTE-NYC to request a mail registration application.
When is the last day I can register to vote before the election?
The New York State voter registration form should be mailed or delivered in person by May 29, 2020.
How do I find out where to go to vote, and what candidates are running in my district?
This poll site locator created by the New York City Board of Elections tells voters where their poll site is located based on their address. (They need to be registered to vote at the address they search.)
Once you search for your address, a list of upcoming races comes up. Click on "Ballot Information" to see which races are being contested, and who is running.
I am not enrolled in a political party. Can I vote in primary elections?
No. New York State's primaries are closed primaries, meaning only members of that particular political party can vote in a primary election.
What if I want to change my party affiliation?
It's too late. You would have had to do so by February 14.