Early Voting Starts October 26



Early voting is available for the first time in state history starting on Saturday, October 26. NYC Votes has released an animated PSA video to inform the public of this new opportunity. New Yorkers are encouraged to share the video on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The video is also available in Spanish.
Early voting is open for nine days in New York, ending on Sunday, November 3. Lawmakers adopted legislation earlier this year making New York the 39th state to offer early voting. This is the first election in which the new law is in effect.
Each voter is assigned to vote at a specific early voting poll site, which may differ from their Election Day poll sites. Voters may go to Voting.NYC and click "Where to Vote” to find their early voting and Election Day poll sites. Polls will be closed on Monday, November 4. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.
"This year’s election is an opportunity for New Yorkers to start their early voting habit now—before we vote for president in 2020, and for mayor in 2021," said Eric Friedman, the Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs at the NYC Campaign Finance Board & NYC Votes. "With five important questions on the ballot, there isn't a better time to take advantage of New York's new early voting law."

NYC Votes is encouraging voters to join its Early Voting Challenge on social media. Participants must commit to voting early, share the challenge with three friends, and post an #IVotedEarly selfie anytime during the early voting period. New Yorkers are encouraged to download and share the PSA videos on their own platforms as well.

NYC Votes launched its official Voter Guide for the general election on October 3. For the first time, candidate video statements in the online Voter Guide include American Sign Language interpretations, making the Guide accessible to the estimated 200,000 New Yorkers who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The NYC Votes Voter Guide is available in print and online versions. Both versions include comprehensive information about the five ballot proposals that voters will be deciding in this election. Voters may visit Voting.NYC and click "Read the Voter Guide" for information about the candidates in each race and the five ballot initiatives.
Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Deadlines

If you cannot make it to your early voting or Election Day poll sites, you can request to cast an absentee ballot. The last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot is October 29. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person is November 4. The last day to postmark a completed absentee ballot is November 4, and the ballot must be received by the Board of Elections by no later than November 12. Voters may deliver an absentee ballot in person to the Board of Elections by close of polls on Election Day. 

NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC). In addition to promoting voter registration, participation, and civic engagement in New York City through its many programs and partnerships, NYC Votes sponsors the city’s official Debate Program and produces the citywide Voter Guide.