When is Election Day?
Tuesday, November 3.
You can vote in the races for:
- The U.S. House of Representatives
- The New York State Assembly and New York State Senate
- Queens borough president, for the remainder of Melinda Katz's term. NOTE: Only for registered voters in Queens.
- The 37th City Council District in Brooklyn. NOTE: Only for registered voters living in the district.
Can I vote without having to go to a poll site in person?
Yes, New Yorkers are encouraged to vote absentee because of the coronavirus pandemic. Voters can 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.
Absentee ballots must be postmarked by October 27 and reach the Board of Elections no later than seven days after the election to be counted. No plans have been confirmed at this time to extend the postmark date, as was the case in the June primary.
What if I still want to vote in person?
Poll sites will still be open across the city.
Hours are different if you are voting early. New York’s early voting period begins October 24 and lasts through November 1.
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 or weeks after Election Day.
The winner of these 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 October 9, 2020.
How do I find out where to go to vote, and which 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 the election?
Yes, unlike the closed primaries in June, any registered voter can vote in the general election.