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To the nearly 170,000 of you who voted early: Good job! You did it! Enjoy the sticker!
This post isn’t for you (but keep reading!) – it’s for your friends, family, and fellow New Yorkers who only have one day to vote.
Election day is tomorrow, but don’t panic! Here’s our last minute guide for procrastinators:
Make sure you know where you are going.
Advance polling sites are often different from polling day sites, so enter your address here to make sure you have the correct address to vote in person. This city council election tool also creates your sample ballot, which shows every office and candidate you will see on Tuesday.
Get this postal ballot!
If you have a postal ballot, it is not too late to submit it. Tuesday, November 2 is the last day for the postmark if you want to do post mail. (Don’t forget the tampons!)
Or, you can cast your ballot in any city Office of the Election Council or any other polling place during voting hours (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) on Tuesday, no postage required.
We received this question from reader David B. who wondered: Can you vote at the polls – in person – even if you have requested and received a postal ballot? The answer is yes! As we reported last year ahead of the 2020 election, postal ballots are removed and not counted if you choose to vote in person instead.
Remember: there are five ballot questions this year.
Voters can decide on five constitutional state changes in 2021. Here’s our guide to all the big ideas you’ll see on the ballot.
In short, one concerns redistribution, the other would include the right to a “healthy environment” in the constitution of the State, two concern access to the vote (registration on the same day and postal ballots without excuse) and the other would change the claim threshold for the city civil court.
Learn about all races, not just for the mayor.
- Here’s our guide to all the city-wide and borough-wide races you need to know: Comptroller, Public Counsel, the Five Borough Presidents, and Manhattan Attorney.
- Do you know if your municipal district could be about to have a close race? Consult our map to find out who is running and which neighborhoods are the most competitive in the general election.
Get your pick for the mayor down.
If you’re still not sure who to choose for the most important job in town, here are two things that may help:
- We’ve revamped our popular “Meet Your Mayor” quiz to help you understand the differences between the Principal Mayors, Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa. Answer a few quick questions and find out who is your best match.
- Keep in mind: Adams and Sliwa aren’t the only mayoral candidates on the ballot. Here is our guide to independent and third party candidates who will appear on the ballot.
No vote by ranked choice!
Unlike the June primary, the general elections not use the ranked choice voting method to add up the votes. You will only choose one candidate for each position, a regular shmegular.
Why? Access to the vote advocates we spoke with said candidates can (and often do) appear on multiple party lines for general elections – for example, Republican and Conservative party lines – compiling polls. votes using RCV would be too complicated.
In New York City, the RCV has so far only been used for primaries and some special elections in the city.
What we read:
- THE CITY reported on Eric Adams’ connections to a lobbying firm representing correctional workers in the city. This worries defenders who want Rikers Island closed.
- Big idea for the next administration: How will the city handle the “managed retirement” or the process of buying homes that are too exposed to extreme weather conditions? THE CITY took a look at how the city is approaching this now and what the future might look like.
- Daily News columnist Harry Siegel takes a hard look at New York’s partisan primary system and wonders if we can’t find a better way.
- Who could be the next president of the municipal council? NY1 provided a list of seven possibilities. Among them: outgoing Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer – likely to return to her former Upper West Side neighborhood in 2022 – who has confirmed she is looking for the job.
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