Ahead of Early Voting, Common Cause/NY Outlines What Every Voter Should Know

NEW YORK, NY (06/17/2022) (readMedia)-- New Yorkers can cast their ballot early starting tomorrow in New York State, running through Sunday June 26th. The first primary election day is June 28th. Here's what every voter should know:

  • You can vote at any early voting site in your county if you are registered outside of NYC. If you vote in New York City, you must vote at your assigned poll site which you can find here.
  • Early voting hours differ by county so check before you go.
  • It is too late to request an absentee ballot. If you did request an absentee ballot in time, you must either cast that ballot (that means dropping it off at a poll site or by mail) or you can vote via affidavit at a poll site. Your affidavit ballot will be kept separate until the election is completed, and if your absentee ballot has been received by the Board of Elections, the affidavit ballot will not be counted.
    • Because of recent changes to Election Law, the Boards of Election can begin tabulating (but not totaling) absentee ballots as they are received instead of waiting 14 days after election day. This means, however, you can no longer request an absentee and later decide to vote in person on the voting machines. You can read more on our website.
    • New Yorkers can expect more complete results on election night as absentee ballots received before election day will be included in election night results reporting.
  • Only primary candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, New York State Assembly and Judges will appear on your ballot. You will have a chance to vote in Congressional and State Senate primaries on August 23rd.
    • Because the courts struck down the proposed maps for Senate and Congress by the state Legislature, a special master redrew the maps. The drawing of these maps was not done in time for the June primary date, so the primary elections for those seats will happen in August.
    • You may be in a new district because of these changes. Check to see your ballot in NYC and outside of NYC.
  • Check your registration. You must be registered in a political party to vote in that party's primary.
  • Report any trouble to our nonpartisan hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE
  • There is no voter ID law in NYS, you do not need to bring an ID to vote.
  • Wait, last election I used Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)! I really liked that. Can I use it for these elections? No. RCV is only used in local municipal elections in New York City.