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 Tuesday—head 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:
- How To Be A Smarter Ranked-Choice Voter: Do’s And Don’ts Rank as many candidates as you can live with. But don’t include the names of anyone you really don’t want to win. (Also, don’t rank Manhattan DA candidates because that’s a state county role, not a city one!)
- The Complete Guide For Undecided Voters Who’s running for mayor? Where is their money is coming from? How does ranked-choice voting work? It’s all here.
- Policy Cheat Sheet: Where The Democratic Mayoral Candidates Stand Your guide to the candidates’ positions on policing, homelessness, housing, education, parks, bikes, cars, and more.
- Our Guide To All Those Other Races Because judicial elections matter, too, here’s our guide to everything on your ballot besides the mayoral contest.
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 email@example.com (the AG’s office also has a guide to address frequently asked questions to help voters).
You can also share your voting experiences with firstname.lastname@example.org—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.