How to Vote

The information below was sourced from VOTE.NYC. For more detailed information on how to vote in the New York City Primary and General Election, please visit: VOTE.NYC.

When is the election?

Primary Election: June 22, 2021

Mail Registration for Primary — last day: May 28, 2021

In-person registration for Primary — last day: May 28, 2021

All registered voters can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them. In-person absentee voting begins as soon as the ballots are available (at least 32 days before an election) and ends on Election Day, 9 p.m.

What is ranked choice voting?

This year, winning candidates in the New York City party primaries and special elections will be determined by Ranked Choice Voting — an election voting system that allows voters to rank multiple candidates by preference, rather than choosing only one. In the past, primaries were decided by the candidate who received the highest number of votes. This year, the winning candidate must receive more than 50 percent of votes. Ranked Choice Voting is already used by seventeen U.S. cities, the State of Maine, and multiple countries across the world.

What will your ballot look like?

You can rank up to five candidates in order of preference:

  • Step 1: Pick your first-choice candidate and completely fill in the oval next to their name under the first column.
  • Step 2: If you have a second-choice candidate, fill in the oval next to their name under the second column.
  • Step: 3: You can continue ranking up to five candidates. If you would prefer, you can vote for only one candidate. Ranking other candidates does not harm your first choice. More here, on RCV:

More Resources

Find your poll site:

How to fill out your ballot: New York City Campaign Finance Board

Register to vote: NYC Votes

More information on Ranked Choice Voting: FairVote and VOTE.NYC