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Voting and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for NYC Voters

Protect your health, and the health of our democracy. Vote safely!

Last updated: December 23, 2020 at 10:30 AM

There is a Special Election on February 2nd, 2021 for the New York City Council’s 24th District (Queens). Voters in Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, and Jamaica will have the chance to choose their new City representative. See a map of the district here.

Ranked Choice Voting: Starting in 2021, NYC will use Ranked Choice Voting in primary and special elections for local offices. You can rank up to 5 candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one.

The first election using Ranked Choice Voting is the Special Election in City Council District 24 (Queens) on February 2nd. Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting here.

Stay Informed

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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. 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.

Early Voting
All registered voters can vote early in person, starting 10 days before Election Day. Your early voting site may be different from your Election Day poll site, so make sure to check before you go.

Early Voting for the City Council District 24 special election: January 23 - January 31

Find your early voting location.

Vote by mail
All registered voters can also choose to vote by mail due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus. You can select “Temporary illness or disability” as the reason for your request. Request your ballot online from the Board of Elections at nycabsentee.com

Visit our How to Vote page to learn more about absentee voting.

Request deadline for City Council District 24 special election: January 26

Print-at-Home Absentee Ballot Request Form

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Follow public health advice
We strongly encourage New Yorkers to safely. 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.

Need more information on upcoming elections? Visit Voting.NYC or follow NYC Votes on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Check the top of the page for the date and timestamp for the last update. For the health and safety of our staff and visitors, the Campaign Finance Board is currently providing all services remotely; visit our Contact Us page for details.

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.