Every election is important, and this year is more important than most in NYC, where we vote for the next Mayor. Here’s how to register to vote, or get an absentee ballot to vote, in the mayoral primary next month or on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 7th.
The last day to register to vote in the NYC primary is this Friday, August 18th. The primary is Tuesday, Sept. 12.
How to register to vote in the primary and in the general election
- Not sure of your registration status? Check it here.
Download this PDF of the voter registration form. Follow the instructions to register by mail or in person.
Here’s the website for the NYC Board of Elections, with addresses and phone numbers by borough.
Remember, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about who wins.
How to get an absentee ballot
Anyone who is registered to vote is entitled to receive an absentee ballot, even if you are in town but for medical or other reasons prefer to vote by mail instead of in person.
Getting an absentee ballot is easier than you think. I voted with an absentee ballot for a recent election, since I would be out of town.
Getting an absentee ballot took a few minutes on the phone to request one from the NYC Board of Elections, a couple of days to wait for the form to arrive in my mailbox, and a couple of minutes to fill out and put back in the mail – in the postage paid envelope provided.
You can choose to have the actual absentee ballot be mailed to you, or to pick it up in person at the Board of Elections office in your home borough.
Once again, here’s the website for the NYC Board of Elections, with addresses and phone numbers by borough.
If you do not vote, you do not have the right to complain about who is elected.
Also check Vote411, the website of the League of Women Voters, for information about absentee ballots and voting rights and requirements in the rest of New York State, and in the other 49 states of this great United States of America.
Every election is an important one. Don’t miss out of having your say on helping choose the next mayor of the most important city on the planet.
Vote. If you do not vote, you do not have the right to complain about who is elected.