Tuesday, November 2nd is fast approaching. New Yorkers have more voting options than ever and we’ve put together a simple guide to ensure you are ready to cast your ballot this fall!
**We will update this page through the election. Latest elections update 10/6/2021.
Take a minute and think about your voting plan. Do you know how you’re going to vote- absentee, early or on Election Day? Not sure what the difference is or what’s right for you? Don’t worry, we have everything you need to make your decision:
Absentee voting in New York is a two-step process:
- STEP 1: Apply for an absentee ballot by Mon. 10/18
- Use the reason “Temporary Illness”, which is extended to all New Yorkers because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Ballot requests should be received by your county Board of Elections by Tues. 10/18. You can request an absentee ballot from your county Board of Elections by mail, online portal, email or fax:
- STEP 2: Vote by Tues. 11/2
- Once requested, your absentee ballot will be mailed to you before the election.
- You must complete your absentee ballot and either:
- Mail it back (postmarked by Tues. 11/2);
- Drop it off at an early voting poll site between Sat. 10/23 and Sun. 10/31;
- Drop it off at an election day poll site on Tues. 11/2;
- Drop it off at your local Board of Elections on or before election day.
- Early voting runs from Sat. 10/23 to Sun. 10/31
Vote on election day
Five statewide ballot proposals will appear on the November ballot, so don’t forget to flip your ballot and vote on:
Proposal 1 improves New York’s redistricting process by
- Requiring that district maps account for all residents regardless of citizenship status;
- Ending prison-based gerrymandering;
- Reducing party influence on mapmaking;
- Fixing the redistricting timeline for 2022 and beyond;
- Freezing the number of State Senators to 63.
Proposal 2 adds a right to clean water, clean air, and a healthful environment to the New York Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
Proposal 3 eliminates the voter registration cutoff before an election currently in the state constitution, giving New York voters more time to register to vote.
Proposal 4 makes absentee voting more accessible to New Yorkers by ensuring all voters can request an absentee ballot without having to give a reason.
Proposal 5 increases the New York City Civil Court’s jurisdiction over lawsuits involving claims from $25,000 to $50,000.