There is a Special Election on December 22nd, 2020 for the New York City Council’s 12th District in the Bronx. Voters in Wakefield, Olinville, Edenwald, Eastchester, Williamsbridge, Baychester, and Co-op City will have the chance to choose their new City representative.


Voting is an essential tool in our democracy, and your voice can shape our city’s future. As the late Member of Congress/U.S. Representative John Lewis said, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society.”


This guide provides information about the candidates on the ballot and how to vote safely.


Voters have 3 options for voting in this Special Election:

  • Early voting from December 12th-December 20th. We recommend voting early when lines are expected to be shorter.
  • In person voting on Election Day, December 22nd. Polls are open 6am to 9pm.
  • Vote by mail (absentee). If you plan to vote by mail, we recommend requesting your ballot NOW if you haven’t already. You can either mail back your absentee ballot or drop it in a drop box at any poll site or Board of Elections office.

Read more about how to vote to help decide the safest way for you to cast your ballot.


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November 27
Last day to register to vote
Note: If you are registering online, do it by November 27 (you will need to enter a NYS state ID and social security number). If you are mailing in your registration form, have it postmarked no later than November 27 (it must be received by the city BOE by December 2).
December 12
Early voting begins (Check the hours and location of your poll site before you go!)
December 15
Last day to postmark absentee ballot application or submit online request 
Note: to ensure your ballot arrives in time, we recommend requesting it as soon as you can.
December 20
Last day for early voting
December 21
Last day to apply (in person) for an absentee ballot
December 22
Last date to postmark absentee ballot (must be received by city BOE by December 29)
Last day to deliver absentee ballot (in person) to your borough's BOE office or a drop box at any poll site
Special Election Day (polls are open 6am-9pm)





This official nonpartisan Voter Guide is produced by the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) to help New Yorkers make informed choices at the polls. The CFB creates an online Guide for every city election. This Guide lists all the candidates who are expected to be on the ballot at the time of publication.


The profiles and photos in this Guide were submitted to the CFB by the candidates, all of whom have affirmed that the information provided is true to the best of their knowledge. The views expressed in the candidate statements do not represent those of the CFB.


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Note: Any candidate running for municipal office (mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president, and city council) may join the program.