Early voting begins in NYC

Cyril Josh Barker | 10/24/2019, 12:19 p.m.
Early voting is now in New York and over the next week starting on Saturday, Oct. 26. Voters can go ...
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Early voting is now in New York and over the next week starting on Saturday, Oct. 26. Voters can go to a designated site and cast their ballot before Election Day on Nov. 5.

The City’s Campaign Finance Board says early voting is open for nine days in New York, ending. Lawmakers adopted legislation earlier this year making New York the 39th state to offer early voting. This is the first election in which the new law is in effect.

Each voter is assigned to vote at a specific early voting poll site, which may differ from their Election Day poll sites. Voters may go to Voting.NYC and click "Where to Vote” to find their early voting and Election Day poll sites.

"This year’s election is an opportunity for New Yorkers to start their early voting habit now—before we vote for president in 2020, and for mayor in 2021," said Eric Friedman, the Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs at the NYC Campaign Finance Board & NYC Votes. "With five important questions on the ballot, there isn't a better time to take advantage of New York's new early voting law."

Voters who can’t make it to their early voting or Election Day poll sites can request to cast an absentee ballot. The last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot is October 29. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person is November 4. The last day to postmark a completed absentee ballot is November 4, and the ballot must be received by the Board of Elections by no later than November 12. Voters may deliver an absentee ballot in person to the Board of Elections by close of polls on Election Day.

NYC Votes launched its official Voter Guide for the general election on October 3. For the first time, candidate video statements in the online Voter Guide include American Sign Language interpretations, making the Guide accessible to the estimated 200,000 New Yorkers who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The guide is available in print and online versions. Both versions include comprehensive information about the five ballot proposals that voters will be deciding in this election. Voters may visit Voting.NYC and click "Read the Voter Guide" for information about the candidates in each race and the five ballot initiatives.