Protect your health, and the health of our democracy. Vote safely this fall!
Last updated: August 13, 2020 at 10:30 AM
The 2020 general election will be held on November 3rd. For all the latest updates, sign up to receive email and text message alerts at nycvotes.nyccfb.info/vote_smart, or text VOTESMART to 917-979-6377. You can also follow NYC Votes on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
We know that New Yorkers are concerned about the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we want to make sure that you have the information you need to vote safely in the upcoming election. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Whether you are ill, in self-quarantine, or simply want to limit your exposure to crowds, there are options available to stay involved while taking care of yourself.
What’s on the ballot on November 3rd?
This fall, there are federal, state, and local offices on the ballot, including:
- Queens Borough President
- State Senate
- State Assembly
- NY Supreme Court
- Civil Courts
All registered voters can participate in early voting, which starts 10 days before Election Day. Benefits include shorter wait times and less crowding at the polls. In the primaries this June, just 5% of voters chose to vote early!
Early Voting for the General Election: October 24 - November 1
Early voting locations across the city will be announced in the coming weeks. Find your early voting location.
Vote by mail, by requesting an absentee ballot
This year, all New York voters were eligible to vote by mail in the primary elections. The New York State legislature recently passed a bill allowing all voters to request an absentee ballot due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus, however it has not yet been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Voters should wait to request their absentee ballots until the bill is signed by the governor.
Currently, only certain New Yorkers are eligible to vote by mail. Visit our How to Vote page and click “Vote Absentee” to learn more about absentee voting.
Request deadline for General Election: October 27
Guide to the Absentee Ballot Request Form
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Follow public health advice
We strongly encourage New Yorkers to safely this fall. If you are able, voting by mail or voting early are great ways to avoid crowds and long lines on Election Day.
The Board of Elections is working to make sure that all polling sites will be clean and safe as possible. The CDC has also issued guidelines for election polling locations. But your health is in your hands, too: washing or using hand sanitizer after touching surfaces in public spaces (including voting machines) is a smart way to stay healthy, whenever you vote.
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Visit www.nyc.gov/coronavirus for complete information on the virus, the city’s response, and how you can help stop the spread of coronavirus.