Early voting for the June primary elections in New York City kicked off Saturday morning and is set to run through June 20.
The process is similar to that of Election Day, but with more flexibility and potentially shorter lines. Early voting is available to those registered with a particular party.
The New York City Board of Elections is also publishing a map that shows wait times at early voting poll sites.
For the first time, New Yorkers are using ranked-choice voting, in which they can rank up to five candidates for a position in order of preference.
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Local races on the June primary ballot include mayor, city comptroller, public advocate, City Council and borough president. The Manhattan district attorney race will not use ranked-choice voting.
When can I vote?
Here are the dates and times of early voting:
- Saturday, June 12: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, June 13: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, June 14: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 15: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 16: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Thursday, June 17: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, June 18: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, June 19: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, June 20: from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As long as you enter your poll site before polls close, you will be able to cast your ballot.
On Primary Day on June 22, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You don’t need to apply to vote early. And, as is the case whenever you vote, you don’t need to bring an ID unless you’re a first-time voter who did not submit identification when you first registered to vote.
New Yorkers choosing not to vote in person can vote by mail. Voters can apply for absentee ballots here, or request one in person at their borough’s Board of Elections office.
June 15 is the deadline to postmark an application for an absentee ballot or send an email or fax for an absentee ballot application.
June 21 is the deadline to apply in person for an absentee ballot.
Workers at voting sites will take precautions to keep themselves and voters safe from the coronavirus. They’ll be social distancing, wearing masks, and disinfecting when and where they can. If you go to vote, you must wear a face covering or you will not be allowed in.
The city recommends voters use hand sanitizer before and after touching any shared surfaces, such as the poll booth or pens, and wash their hands with soap and water immediately once they get home.
To make sure voters keep at least six feet apart at the poll site, stickers will show how far apart to stand in line. Poll workers are disinfecting when and where they can, and there are screen guards meant to protect you — and poll workers as well. And the city’s Board of Elections mandates that each polling location is professionally cleaned.
Although everyone should vote, the city advises you stay home if you are sick and vote another day. If you cannot and don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local Board of Elections office to find out your voting options.
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