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DATES and INFO

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 Voter registration deadline is October 14, 2022 (but the absentee ballot online request deadline is October 24)
 Early Voting Period is October 29, 2022 - November 6, 2022. See below for more details about early voting.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Polls are open from 6am to 9pm. Find your polling place here.

New York City has a good site with lots of info about your voting rights, where to vote, and more. Check it out! 

Find out who will be on your ballot at Who's On the Ballot (a project run by Columbia University) or on mygovnyc.org, a site run by the League of Women Voters and the CUNY Grad Center. 

You can also find current information about Congressional races across the country, state and local ballot measures, articles about policies, information about pending Supreme Court cases, and more on Ballotpedia. 

* Please note that when you fill out the form on Ballotpedia, you do NOT have to give your email address in order to get the information about your ballot. 

You can register to vote through CUNY First or click here to register through the DMV website.

 

Change in absentee ballot law


From the NYC Votes website:

New Absentee Ballot Law

Due to a recent change in the law, New York State voters are no longer permitted to cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have requested to vote by Absentee Ballot.

Voters who have requested to vote by Absentee Ballot can still vote in-person using an Affidavit ballot at early voting or election day.

The affidavit ballot will be kept separate until the election is completed. Election officials will verify whether the voter’s absentee ballot has been received. If the voter’s absentee ballot has been received, the affidavit ballot will not be counted. If the voter’s absentee ballot has not been received, the affidavit ballot will be counted.

 

Upcoming NYC elections

You can find more on the candidates at Ballotpedia, a respected non-partisan website.

Governor -  Kathy Hochul is the incumbent (person who is now in that position). She won the primary election to represent the Democratic party this summer, so she will be running against Lee Zeldin, who won the primary to represent the Republican party. There are a couple  other candidates representing smaller parties as well.

Lieutenant Governor -  Antonio Delgado is the incumbent lieutenant governor and a Democrat; he is running against Alison Esposito of the Republican party and other candidates.

Attorney General - Letitia (Tish) James is the incumbent attorney general (and former public advocate of New York City) and a Democrat; she is running against Michael Henry of the Republican party.

U.S. Congress

Senate - Charles (Chuck) Schumer is an incumbent senator and a Democrat; he is running against Joe Pinion (Republican) and Diane Sare (Independent/LaRouche). 

House of Representatives - find your Congressional representative here: 

City Council

If you're not sure which district you're in, please use the tool in the map below - enter your street address and borough to find out your district and current City Council member. (And for a quick rundown of what a City Council member actually does, see this short article in Gothamist for an overview or this video from NYC Votes)

You can see all the current candidates for the November election in this list by the NYC Campaign Finance Board and on this page from Politics NY**


*This article is from The City, a relatively new non-profit news publication with a good reputation; it was founded by someone who used to work for the CUNY Journalism school and for the NY Daily News. 

** Politics NY is a local news outlet owned by Schneps Media, a company whose publications have won awards but that has also raised controversy in its labor practices.

Statewide ballot measures

There is one NY State ballot measure you can vote on:

CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR, AND GREEN JOBS Environmental Bond Act of 2022

To address and combat the impact of climate change and damage to the environment, the "Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022” authorizes the sale of state bonds up to four billion two hundred million dollars to fund environmental protection, natural restoration, resiliency, and clean energy projects. Shall the Environmental Bond Act of 2022 be approved?

 

Summary: A "yes" vote supports and a "no" vote opposes this measure to:

  • (a) change the vote thresholds for adopting redistricting plans when one political party controls both legislative chambers
  • (b) require that incarcerated persons be counted at the place of their last residence for redistricting
  • (c) require the state to count residents, including people who are residents but not citizens, if the federal census fails to do so,
  • (d) remove the block-on-border requirement for Senate districts,
  • (e) cap the number of state senators at 63, and
  • (f) move up the timeline for redistricting and repeal inoperative language. 

Proposal 2: Environmental Rights Amendment

Summary: A "yes" vote supports and a "no" vote opposes adding a right to clean water, clean air, and a healthful environment to the New York Constitution's Bill of Rights.

Proposal 3: Remove 10-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement Amendment

Summary: A "yes" vote supports removing the requirement that people must register to vote at least ten days before an election. Removing the requirement would allow the state legislature to pass a shorter requirement, such as same-day voter registration.

A "no" vote means you want that the state continues to require that people register to vote at least 10 days before an election.

Proposal 4: Allow for "No-Excuse Absentee Voting Amendment"

Summary: A "yes" vote supports letting the state legislature pass a statute for "no-excuse absentee voting" (being able to vote absentee for any reason).  A "no" vote means you want the state to continue to require that people must not away from their county of residence, or ill, or physically disabled in order to vote with an absentee ballot.

Proposal 5: NYC Civil Court Jurisdiction Amendment 

Summary: A "yes" vote supports letting the New York City Civil Court have jurisdiction over lawsuits involving claims for damages for $50,000 or less. This would be an increase from the current limit--right now the court has jurisdiction over lawsuits involving claims for damages for $25,000 or less. A "no" vote supports keeping the limit as it stands now.

 

For more information about all of these ballot measures, please see this article in Gothamist*


*Gothamist was a popular independent website covering news around NYC. In 2017 its new owner shut it down when its workers tried to unionize, but in 2018, it was bought by three non-profit public radio stations, including WNYC, which have run it ever since.