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 (the AG’s office also has a guide to address frequently asked questions to help voters).

You can also share your voting experiences with—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.