Common Cause New York will continue to update this page with resources and more information as New York’s response to this crisis evolves.
Latest elections update 9/2/2020

Tuesday, November 3rd is fast approaching. Do you know how you’re going to vote- absentee, early or on Election Day? Take these easy steps today to ensure your voice is heard:

Voting early? Early voting runs from Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, November 1st. Hours & locations coming soon! And, of course, polls will be open on Tuesday, November 3rd from 6 am to 9 pm.

New Yorkers, we need you to make sure the November election runs smoothly! Here are two things you can do right now to protect voting in New York:

  1. Sign up to be a pollworker: Over half of New York’s poll workers are 60+ making them especially vulnerable to the pandemic. That’s why we are stepping up and helping to spread the word that we need younger New Yorkers to assist with the administration of in-person voting during Early Voting, October 24th to November 1st, and Election Day, November 3rd.In New York City
    Outside of NYC
  2. Sign up to be an Election Protection volunteer in November!
    Our nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers assist voters and monitor poll sites throughout the state from the comfort of their home or IRL.


We remain laser focused on ensuring our democracy continues to function and that our 2020 elections can be held safely and securely. We’ve released a comprehensive plan in our latest white paper, New York’s Democracy Doesn’t Pause: How Our Elections Can Proceed During a Pandemic, that outlines how we can adapt and hold our elections safely without disenfranchising New York voters. Our advocacy has been successful, here’s what we’ve won for New Yorkers so far:

  • Consolidating the primaries to June 23rd
  • Expansion of absentee voting for the 2020 election cycle
  • Streamlining the process to vote absentee