New York State will hold its primary election for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state senators, state assembly members and various other state positions, on Thursday, September 13.
Below we have created an overview to help you navigate through Thursday’s election summarizing your rights as a voter and how to find your polling station or to use an absentee ballot.
This year’s races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general have been particularly contested. Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a challenge from Cynthia Nixon. The incumbent Lieutenant Governor Katy Hochul is defending her seat against Councilmember Jumaane Williams. And four Democratic candidates are on the ballot for attorney general: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Zephyr Teachout, Letitia James and Leecia Eve, as BK Reader outlined in a comprehensive overview.
Where and how to vote
All polling places in New York State will be open from 6:00am to 9:00pm on Thursday, September 13.
New Yorkers can vote only at their designated polling place. Make sure you are at the correct polling site and Election District (E.D.) for your address. If you are unsure about where your designated poll site is, you can call the Voter Phone Bank at 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or e-mail your complete home address, including your borough in the subject line, to vo[email protected].
Note, that only voters registered with a political party can vote in a party primary. If you want to confirm that you are registered with a political party, visit the Board of Elections’ website: voterlookup.elections.ny.gov.
To vote, go to the polling place indicated on your voter registration card. Unless you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide identification, you do not need an ID. After you sign your name on the listing of registered voters, a poll worker will give you a voter card, ballot and privacy sleeve, and direct you to a privacy booth or ballot marking device to mark your ballot.
What are your rights as a voter?
As a registered voter you have the right to vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will ensure votes to be accurately cast; the right of secrecy in voting, and the right to cast your vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers or any other person.
All polling stations need to provide non-discriminatory equal access to the election system for all voters, including the elderly and disabled, as required by federal and state laws. According to the NYC Board of Election, 99 percent of all city polling sites are now wheelchair accessible and barrier-free, however, problems remain at some sites. If your site is inaccessible, call your local Borough office for information and assistance.
New Yorkers have the right to request assistance to vote because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write. If you need instruction, you can view a sample ballot in your polling place prior to voting, and you may request help on how to mark and/or cast your ballot.
What if your name does not appear at your polling station?
Whenever your name does not appear in the poll ledger, the voter registration or enrollment list, or you do not provide identification when required, you have the right to request an affidavit ballot.
Absentee Voting: What if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day?
Registered voters who cannot make it to their polling station on Election Day because of occupation, studies, travel, imprisonment, illness, disability and hospitalization may vote by absentee ballot.
Please note: You cannot apply for an absentee ballot on Election Day, but you can deliver a completed ballot in an envelope to your local Borough Office on the day of the election up until 9:00pm. To mail your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before Election Day — September 12 — and must reach the Board of Elections no later than 7 days after the election to be counted.
Get out and vote, Brooklynites!