This election will use Ranked Choice Voting. You can rank up to 5 candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one. Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting.


There is a Special Election on February 23rd, 2021 for the New York City Council’s 31st District in Queens. This district includes Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens. Learn more about how the City Council impacts your community.


Ranked Choice Voting

NYC will use Ranked Choice Voting in special and primary elections for local offices, such as Mayor and City Council. You can choose to rank up to 5 candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one.


Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting, view a sample ballot, and find answers to frequently asked questions here.


How to Vote

There are three ways to vote in this Special Election. You will use Ranked Choice Voting no matter how you choose to vote.


Early voting
You can vote early in-person February 13th-February 21st. Find your assigned early voting site.


Vote by mail
You can vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot by February 16th. We recommend requesting your ballot as soon as possible.


Election Day
You can vote in-person on Election Day, February 23rd. Find your assigned Election Day poll site.


You can learn more about your options by visiting our “How to Vote” guide.


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January 29
Voter registration deadline (for mailed or online applications)
If you have a NYS state ID and social security number, you can register to vote online. If you do not, you can mail a paper registration form to the City Board of Elections (BOE). If you mail your registration form, it must be postmarked by January 29, and received by the BOE by February 3.
February 13
Early voting begin
Last day to register in person at a Board of Elections office
You must vote at your assigned early voting site. Hours vary each day. Click here to find your early voting location and hours.
February 16
Absentee ballot request deadline (online or mail) 
You can submit your ballot request online or mail a paper request form to the BOE (it must be postmarked by February 16).
February 21
Early voting ends
February 22
Last day to apply for an absentee ballot and vote in person at a Board of Elections office
February 23
Special Election Day
You must vote at your assigned Election Day poll site. Polls will be open 6am-9pm. If you plan to vote by mail, you must postmark your absentee ballot by February 23 (the BOE must receive your ballot by March 2). You can also drop off your absentee ballot off at a poll site or Board of Elections office by February 23.




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.


 This badge will appear if a candidate is participating in the NYC Campaign Finance Program, which helps candidates rely on New York City residents—not special interests—to fund their campaigns.


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