Friday, May 28 is your last chance to register to vote in the most important NYC election in a generation, which will shape the future of our city for at least the next decade.
More than 60 NYC city government seats are on this year’s ballot, including the citywide positions of Mayor and Comptroller, all five borough presidents, and the entire 51-seat City Council.
The primary election is Tuesday, June 22. The general election on Tuesday, November 2.
If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain about who won.
If you are not registered, do it now.
Every election is important. This one is more important than most for New Yorkers.
Register to Vote
How to register In Person, By Mail or Online via vote.nyc.
To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States (includes people born in Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
- Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
- Be 18 years of age before the next election.
- Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere outside the City of New York.
Vote by Mail/Absentee Voting
Can’t make it to the polls this year? Request an absentee ballot online, by mail, email or fax.
Find out what you need to know here.
Change Your Party Registration
The New York voter registration form can be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party.
The deadline for updating your voter information for the 2021 primary has passed. Changes received on or after February 15 until seven days after the June Primary will be set aside and opened on the seventh day following the June Primary and entered in the voter’s registration record for the next election, which would be in November.
Check Your Registration Status
Not sure if you’re registered?
Check your voter status at the NYC Board of Elections Voter website.
Not sure of your rights? Read up at New York State Voter Bill of Rights.
Here is what you’ll need to know to go out and vote:
- Voter Registration
- Party Affiliation
- Registration Status
- Find Your Polling Place
- Ranked Choice Voting
- Find Your Districts and Current Representatives
- Research the Issues
- Research the Candidates and Ballot Proposals
- Research Campaign Finance and Government Information
Ranked Choice Voting
This year is the first time New Yorkers will be using the Ranked Choice Voting system in primary and special elections for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and city council.
Ranked Choice Voting allows people to vote for multiple candidates in order of preference. You can now fill out the ballot saying who is your first choice, second choice, and so on, up to your fifth-choice candidate for each position.
Find Your Polling Place
- Poll Site Locator & Sample Ballot Display
- Or call Voter Phone Bank: 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)
Find Your Districts and Current Representatives
Enter your address at Who Represents Me? NYC to find out who your local, state, and federal representatives are.
Research the Candidates and the Issues
Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims “to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”
The site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Public Agenda aims to help communities and the nation solve tough problems through research, engagement, and communication.
The Opposing Viewpoints series (available in print and online with your NYPL library card) contains information on nearly 5,000 current social topics in the form of primary source documents, statistics, websites, and multimedia.
Research the Candidates & Their Stances
a project of Citizens Union Foundation, offers a clear guide to “everything you need to know about the candidates running to represent you, the issues they care about, what they can actually do, and how you can vote on the future of New York City.”
The site allows you to search for candidates and races based on your address, and contains detailed information about candidates’ experience, how they are being funded, and their positions on a range of issues.
the online voters’ guide from the League of Women Voters, allows you to type in your address to see the races on your ballot.
Candidates’ positions can be compared side-by-side, and you may print out your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
The Internet Archive
launched TV News Search and Borrow in 2012 “to enhance the capabilities of journalists, scholars, teachers, librarians, civic organizations, and other engaged citizens” by repurposing closed captioning “to enable users to search, quote and borrow U.S. TV news programs.”
It contains clips dating from 2009 to the present from over two million recorded programs which can be searched by keyword.
“aggregates legislative information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.” Users can enter their address to find out who represents them in their state legislature, what bills their reps have sponsored and how they’ve voted.
an independent, nonprofit newsroom has an online tool called Represent where you can learn about your Senators and House Representative—which bills they’ve sponsored, how they’ve voted (and how often against their party), statements they’ve released, and more.
is a fact-based, nonpartisan website aimed at helping voters make informed decisions. It maintains a database of over 150,000 politicians at the federal, state and local levels including their educational backgrounds, past political offices held and other employment history.
Voterly also lets you sign up to monitor your voter registration status (you must create a free account) that sends you alerts if there are any changes in your status.
gathers nonpartisan data to help “the politically curious become the politically empowered.”
The website is particularly strong in providing information and contrasting viewpoints on major issues like police reform, the environment, education and health care.
Remember, if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain about who wins.