Get ready for the General Election in November!

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Get ready for the General Election in November!

The New York State primary elections had many new features: the new ranked choice voting, the multitude of candidates for hotly contested offices, and the suspense of waiting for the final vote count. Now it’s time to start preparing for the General Election, which is less than two months away. In one way the General Election will be simpler; it will not have ranked-choice voting. But in addition to voting for Mayor, City Council Members (in some districts), Public Advocate, Comptroller, Manhattan Borough President and other elected officials, NYC voters will have the opportunity to vote “Yes” or “No” on five ballot proposals. 

Important 2021 election dates

Do this now! It’s a best practice to check your voter registration status and polling places prior to each election. Check voter registration status at the NYC Board of Elections web page or call 1-866-868-3692.
October 8

Deadline to register to vote. You must also re-register if your address has changed.


There are many ways to register to vote:

Register online at (You’ll need a valid ID from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.)

Register in person at 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, New York, NY 10014, Tel: 1-212-886-2100, Fax: 1-646-638-2047.

Register by mail. Download the application, complete the form, sign it, and mail it to NYC  Board of Elections, 32 Broadway, 7 Floor, New York, NY 10004-1609. 

Telephone to ask for the form at 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or email your mailing address to with the name of your borough in the subject line.

October 18 Deadline to request an absentee ballot online or by mail.

If you will not be going in person to the polling place, request your absentee ballot as soon as possible. During the pandemic, you may use “temporary illness” as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot. 

There are many ways for a registered voter to request an absentee ballot: 

Request an absentee ballot online at (If the NYC BOE is not yet receiving absentee ballot requests, try again later.) Accessible ballots are also available, by request at

Download the form, sign and mail it to the NYC Board of Elections, 200 Varick Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10014. Forms are available in several languages. (Be sure to mail in the form early, if you choose this method).

You can call 1-866-Vote-NYC (1-866-868-3692) or TTY-212-487-5496. 

You can go in person to the NYC Board of Elections, 200 Varick Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10014.

October 23 - 31 Early voting.
  Early voting poll sites and hours of operation may not be the same as your regular poll sites. Check the NYC BOE website or call 1-866-868-3692. You’ll have to provide your address and other information to find out where to go for early voting. 
November 1 Deadline to request an absentee ballot in person.
  The NYC Manhattan Board of Elections office is located at 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, Tel: 1-212-886-2100. 
November 2 General Election Day, 6am – 9pm.
  In-person voting and deadline to return absentee ballot (postmark or drop off at polling site or at the NYC Manhattan Board of Elections office at 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, Tel: 1-212-886-2100). 
November 9 Deadline for Board of Elections to receive absentee ballots by mail


Military and people living or working overseas have a different process and schedule. Learn more at  

View the election calendar at the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s website

Winners from the Primary Election for our districts

Below are the winners from the Primary Election. You’ll see these names on the ballot. The other seats were uncontested. Closer to November 2, you will be able to generate a sample ballot on the NYC Board of Elections website. The sample ballot will show all names that will appear on your ballot as well as the ballot proposals. The New York City Campaign Finance Board will also post a Voter Guide listing the candidates and their biographies closer to the election. 

Eric Adams (Democrat)
Curtis Sliwa (Republican)

Public Advocate 
Jumaane Williams (Democrat)

NYC Comptroller 
Brad Lander (Democrat)

Manhattan Borough President 
Mark Levine (Democrat)

NYC Council Member
District 2 Carlina Rivera (Democrat)
District 5 Julie Menin (Democrat)

New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney 
Alvin Bragg (Democrat)

Ballot proposals 2021

How the ballot proposals got on the ballot

Five statewide proposals will be on the 2021 General Election ballot. These proposals, if passed, will result in amendments to the New York State Constitution. For proposed changes to the state constitution, either the voters or the legislature may initiate the process.

For the 2021 election, the State Legislature first initiated the ballot proposals in 2019. The process works like this: the legislature has to pass the bills in both houses, in two consecutive legislatures. The proposals on the ballot this year passed the legislature in 2019, and then again in 2021, making them eligible to get onto the general election ballot. The reason for requiring passage twice is that the proposals must be passed by "different" legislative bodies, meaning the legislative bodies are technically different,  newly elected legislatures.

Criteria that can be used to form an opinion about the proposal

Do you agree with the concept of the proposal?
Do you think the law is specific enough to be implemented in a practical way?
Will the law have the intended consequences?

If the voters vote “yes”

Bills that have already gone through the Legislature would take effect after General Election. The actual date that they take effect may differ for each proposal. For example, the proposal that revises the procedure for counting population, drawing and approving Congressional and State legislative districts would first be applied in 2022. 

If the voters vote “no”

If the voters vote “no” and the Legislature wants to re-introduce the bill, the process starts again from the beginning.

How are the votes counted for ballot proposals?

A ballot proposal will pass if 50.1% of the voters vote “yes.”

Ballot proposals

The ballot proposals for the 2021 General Election are summarized below. Voters will have the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on each proposal (or leave the item blank). 

1. Amending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process

This proposed constitutional amendment would freeze the number of state senators at 63, amend the process for the counting of the state’s population, delete certain provisions that violate the United States Constitution, repeal and amend certain requirements for the appointment of the co-executive directors of the redistricting commission and amend the manner of drawing district lines for congressional and state legislative offices. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?  

2. Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment

The proposed amendment to Article 1 of the New York Constitution would establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?  

3. Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement

The proposed amendment would delete the current requirement in Article 2, § 5 that a citizen be registered to vote at least ten days before an election and would allow the Legislature to enact laws permitting a citizen to register to vote less than ten days before the election. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? 

4. Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting

The proposed amendment would delete from the current provision on absentee ballots the requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

5. Increasing the Jurisdiction of the New York City Civil Court

The proposed amendment would increase the New York City Civil Court's jurisdiction by allowing it to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000 instead of the current jurisdictional limit of $25,000. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

More information about all of the proposals is available on the New York State Board of Elections website

Contact information for voting and election information

New York City Board of Elections,, 1-866-Vote-NYC (1-866-868-3692), TTY-212-487-5496, Manhattan office: 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, New York, NY 10014, Tel: 1-212-886-2100, Fax: 1-646-638-2047. The NYC BOE processes the forms and ballots for voting, counts and validates the votes, hires and supervises the poll workers, and more. 

New York City Campaign Finance Board, the independent city agency that ensures local elections are fair, inclusive, and open. is a help website for voters and also a place to register to vote, request absentee ballots and get information. is a website for voters, candidates, campaign financial information, and more. 

New York State Board of Elections,, statewide ballot proposals, Public information Tel: 518-474-1953, FAX 518-473-8315, Email:, Election operations voter information 1-800-367-8683.