Important Election Dates for 2021

Important Election Dates for 2021


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to Tuesday, November 2, 2021


The Primary Election is June 22 and the General Election is November 2. 

New this year! Ranked choice voting will be used for New York City offices: Mayor, Borough President, Comptroller, City Council Members and Public Advocate. Learn about ranked choice voting and the new ballot from the NYC Campaign Finance Board’s guide and FAQs

Primary elections are when you choose which candidates will appear on the ballot for your party. In New York State, you must be registered with a political party in order to vote in that party's Primary Election on June 22, 2021.

It is a best practice to verify your voter registration at, Check your polling place and generate a sample ballot (when the ballot is ready). The sample ballot will show you who the candidates will be on your ballot, and will show you a ballot using the Ranked Choice Voting format for local candidates.

February 16  Deadline to change your party enrollment for the Primary Election (extended for 2 days by Governor's Executive Order). Changes received on or after February 15 until seven days after the June Primary will be set aside and opened the seventh day following the June Primary and entered in the voter's registration record. Re-register to change your party enrollment

May 28   Deadline to Register to Vote in the June Primary. You can register to vote by mail, in person, or online with a New York State Drivers License or Identification Card at Or call 866-VOTE-NYC (866-686-3692) to have your voter registration card mailed to you for you to complete and return by mail. Voter registration forms must be received by the BOE by June 2 for the Primary Election. Register by downloading, completing and mailing a voter registration form at If your address changes, you must re-register. 

June 2  Deadline for Change of Address notifications for the Primary Election. Re-register to submit a Change of Address notification.

June 15    Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot for the Primary Election. Request your Absentee Ballot online at Download, complete, and mail your absentee ballot application at

June 12 - 20    Early Voting for the Primary Election

June 22   Primary Election

November 2 General Election



New York City Board of Elections
The NYC BOE validates voter registrations, validates the candidates, prepares the ballots, mails out absentee ballots, manages the polling places, counts the votes, and certifies election results. 

New York City Campaign Finance Board
The NYCCFB provides non-partisan information and training for candidates and the public.

NYCCFB Election calendar

NYCCFB information about the candidates and more Voter Guide for the primary elections has not yet been posted.

New York State Board of Elections

New York State Political Calendar 2021

Check if you are registered to vote When the ballot is ready, you will be able to generate a sample ballot on the Results page.

Voter Registration Form (mail in form)






What Does The Mayor of New York City Do?
February 2, 2021,, by Brigid Bergin, WNYC

Related: What does New York City’s mayor do?
[Source: City & State's Excelsior email, January 28, 2021]
What does the city’s mayor even do, besides show up at ribbon-cuttings with a pair of absurdly large scissors?..the in charge of the city’s various public services, including running the city’s public schools, its police department and providing help to homeless people, just to name a few. The mayor also oversees all city legislation that is introduced or passed by the City Council and can either sign legislation into city law or veto it. And most importantly the mayor is in charge of the city budget – which happens to be the largest municipal budget in the U.S. – and prioritizes what programs are funded...given the current public health crisis, the mayor’s job has become considerably harder over the past year.

Mayoral hopefuls face questions on homelessness from New Yorkers living in shelter
February 4, 2021,, by Janaki Chadha

Democratic Mayoral Candidates Offer Ideas for Addressing Food Insecurity
February 10, 2021,, by Ethan Geringer-Sameth

Decision NYC: Ray McGuire Discusses His Campaign for Mayor

Decision NYC: Dianne Morales Discusses Her Run for Mayor

Decision NYC: Bill Pepitone Discusses His Run for Mayor

Decision NYC: Curtis Sliwa Discusses His Run for Mayor

Decision NYC: Isaac Wright Jr. Discusses His Run for Mayor

Decision NYC: Zach Iscol Discusses His Campaign

WATCH: 30 Minutes with the Candidates for New York City Mayor

City Council

What Does A NYC City Council Member Do?
February 3, 2021,, by Cindy Rodriguez

Borough President

What Does A Borough President Actually Do?
February 4, 2021,, by David Cruz

District Attorney

What You Need to Know About New York’s District Attorney Races in 2021
January 31, 2021,, by Rachel Holliday Smith
The race for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s seat is crowded and fierce. Here’s the rundown on the candidates and more ahead of the June 22 primary.

Manhattan DA candidate Dan Quart releases ‘do-not-prosecute’ list
November 11, 2020,, by Shant Shahrigian

Manhattan D.A. Candidate Explains Why She'll Stop Prosecuting Drug Offenses and Sex Work
February 5, 2021,, by Daniel Nichanian 
Tahanie Aboushi discusses her newly expanded proposal to not prosecute offenses that criminalize poverty, mental health issues, and substance use, and to reduce incarceration for all cases.


City Comptroller Candidates Seek to Set Themselves Apart at Brooklyn Democrats' Debate
February 2, 2021,, by Samar Khurshid

Recorded event: Candidate Forum: NYC Comptroller Race in 2021
Presented by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce




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