Finally: It’s Primary Day 2021!

This year brings New York City its most consequential primary in decades, which is why exercising democracy is so vital—so if you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, and if you haven’t voted already, then go out and make your voice heard today!

Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdayhead over to your polling site during those hours (here’s a sample ballot to check out first), and cast your vote for a number of citywide races, including mayor and comptroller; borough-wide ones, like borough president and Manhattan DA; very important City Council races; and, the all-time stumper, judges. And don’t forget, this year you’ll be using the new ranked-choice voting system for the mayoral race!

Here are some handy guides because you want to go in with a plan, rather than make a decision on the spot:

Reminder: It may be weeks until we get the official winners (what with absentee ballot “curing” and whatnot) though there will be unofficial results rolling in. And with ranked-choice voting, if no one gets more than 50% of the vote, it will start the process of redistributing votes from the candidate with the least number of votes. That can take some time. The candidate who reaches 50% or more of the vote wins.

If you have issues with voting at your polling site, contact the  Office of the Attorney General by calling 1-800-771-7755, submitting complaints online, or emailing election.hotline@ag.ny.gov (the AG’s office also has a guide to address frequently asked questions to help voters).

You can also share your voting experiences with tips@gothamist.com—send us photos, observations, or questions!

Stay with Gothamist throughout the day (and night) as we bring you dispatches from the campaign trail and some results from tonight.

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