General Election November 3, absentee ballot counting November 10-TBD
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to
Monday, December 7, 2020
NYC Board of elections website: vote.nyc
Make sure you are ready to vote in the November election. Register to vote (or check your registration status), Request an absentee ballot. You are required to wear a mask/face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance when entering any Board of Elections facility. Telephone 1-866-868-3692, TTY-212-487-5496.
October 9 - REGISTER TO VOTE DEADLINE for the General Election. Download form elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/voteregform-eng-fillable.pdf OR vote.nyc/page/register-vote (same form), complete the form, sign it with an original signature, and mail it to: Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7 Fl, New York, NY 10004-1609. Deadlines for registration dates are not currently posted, but previously the site said that October 9 was the deadline for the November 3 election. You can call 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application.
October 14 - CHANGE OF ADDRESS DEADLINES. If you move, you should notify the Board of Elections in the City of New York as soon as possible. You do this by re-registering.
October 27 - ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS DEADLINE. Request your absentee ballot now for the general election. All NY'ers can request an absentee ballot for the general election using temporary illness as the reason if they want to avoid exposure to COVID-19. Even if you voted by absentee ballot for the primary election you must request an absentee ballot for the general election. You can request an absentee ballot online through the new portal vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting or download the form at vote.nyc/sites/default/files/pdf/forms/absenteevoting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf. You can email the application to Apply4Absentee@boe.nyc, fax it to 212-487-5349, or mail (or drop off) the application to the Board of Elections Manhattan borough office: 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, New York, NY 10014, Tel: 1-212-886-2100. Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) for further information. The NYC Board of Elections will begin mailing the absentee ballots on September 18, on a rolling basis.
October 24-November 1 EARLY VOTING
Look up the dates and times for early voting vote.nyc/page/early-voting-information. You can also look up your pollsite on the same page.
November 3 GENERAL ELECTION
Use findmypollsite.vote.nyc to look up your polling place.
November 10 Absentee (MAIL-IN) Ballot counting begins - you may be asked to "cure" your ballot. If your ballot is invalidated for certain reasons you may be asked by the Board of Elections to "cure" your ballot. Open any letters from the BOE and respond with the information they request if you want your vote to be counted.
The New York City Board of Elections created a portal to request and track absentee ballots online
NYC Board of Elections website: vote.nyc
Telephone: 1-866-Vote-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or TTY-212-487-5496
REQUEST AN ABSENTEE (MAIL-IN) BALLOT
October 27, 2020 is the last day to request an absentee ballot by any means other than in person.
Registered voters who live in the five boroughs can now request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID at vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting. You have to enter your name exactly as it appears on your voting registration. This page also lists other ways of applying for an absentee ballot.
To track your ballot use the link “To Apply for a Ballot > Online”
Absentee ballots are being sent on a rolling basis.
THE ABSENTEE (MAIL-IN) BALLOT PACKAGE
You will receive an absentee ballot with the heading “Official Absentee Military Ballot.” This is the correct ballot to use.
Two envelopes are included with the ballot.
- The envelope marked “Official Absentee Ballot Envelope” should have your correct name and address.
- IMPORTANT. If the name and address are not correct, notify the Board of Elections and request a new absentee ballot. DO NOT USE AN INCORRECT ENVELOPE. Hang on to the ballot and envelope that is addressed to the Board of Elections (just in case the BOE only sends the corrected envelope).
- Return envelope with the Board of Elections address on it. Note that it needs a stamp. One stamp should be sufficient.
FILLING OUT YOUR BALLOT
- Read instructions carefully about how many candidates to vote for in each category
- Completely fill in the oval that marks the candidates of your choice. Use blue or black ink to fill the ovals.
- Don't put any stray marks on your ballot
When you have completed the ballot, place it in the envelope marked Official Absentee Ballot Envelope.
- Sign and date the envelope (VERY IMPORTANT).
- The date is below the place where you sign in very small type.
- Seal the envelope with the adhesive provided (usually a peel-off strip and self-adhesive). Don’t use any other adhesive.
The Official Absentee Ballot Envelope goes into the envelope addressed to the Board of Elections.
- The bar code should show through the window on the envelope
- You must affix a stamp to the mailing envelope if you are going to mail it.
TRACK YOUR BALLOT
The BOE website now has absentee ballot tracking at nycabsentee.com/tracking
DELIVERING YOUR BALLOT
An absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and must reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election to be counted.
Absentee ballots can be:
- Mailed through the US postal service to the Manhattan Board of Elections at 200 Varrick Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10014-7431. The envelope must be stamped.
- Dropped off at an early voting polling place in NYC between October 24 and November 1 Use the Find Your Polling Place tool to find your early voting place and your polling place for the general election voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. The early voting place will not be the same as your regular polling place. Hours are shown with the polling place information [Example, for me it’s Hunter College Brookdale Dorm, 440 East 26 Street, New York, NY 10010]. You can also view a sample ballot from this page.
- Delivered in-person to the Board of Elections office at 200 Varrick Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10014-7431. Check their open hours, call 212-886-2100 or email Electioninfo@boe.nyc.ny.us. You can deliver your ballot here until November 3 at 9pm.
DURING THE COUNTING OF THE MAIL-IN BALLOTS
(New Legislation) "Curing" an incorrect ballot. The Board of Elections is required to notify voters when their absentee ballots are on the verge of being thrown out and give them a chance to correct certain potential disqualifications. The county board of elections must now notify the voter, explain why their ballot was rejected, and provide a form through which they may "cure" the mistake. The BOE must send the form through all possible channels, including by post and email, and must begin the process almost immediately after catching the error. The guidelines also say county boards must notify voters even when their ballots are rejected for reasons that are not curable. If the cure itself is rejected before Election Day, administrators are required "to the extent practicable" to inform voters and give information of alternative ways to vote. Other issues don't require a cure according to guidance from the state BOE. That includes wrongly placed signature, incorrect date, use of pencil or pen, extra paper when it is material provided by the BOE, random marks or tears on the envelope that look like the result of mailing.
Presidential Debates 2020
Tuesday, September 29
Thursday, October 15 (contingent upon the President's recovery from covid-19) (cancelled)
Thursday, October 22 (contingent upon the President's recovery from covid-19)
Each debate will run from 9-10:30pm
Vice Presidential Debate 2020
Wednesday, October 7 9-10:30pm
The general election presidential debates are carried by all the major networks and C-SPAN, without commercial breaks or interruptions. Many of the networks also have their own YouTube channels where you can watch the live stream from your computer.
Read more at the Commission on Presidential Debates website debates.org.