June 12, 2023
WhosOntheBallot.org has partnered with the Mayor’s DemocracyNYC Initiative and the NYC Votes/Campaign Finance Board, who have convened a consortium of community-based organizations, good government groups, and advocates to get the word out about voting safely to the hardest-hit communities. Together, we developed a FAQ for the June 27 New York primary elections:
How can I see who is on my ballot?
Visit whosontheballot.org to find out who is on your ballot and your polling location.
How can I learn about the candidates?
Visit whosontheballot.org. You can also check out the Official 2023 Voter Guide at https://vote.nyc/page/list-candidates
Do I have to be a member of a political party to vote in the primaries?
Yes, you have to be a member of a political party to vote in their primary.
How can I check my voter registration status?
I live outside NYC. Can I still vote today?
There are elections today across NY state. Learn more: www.elections.ny.gov
I’m having an issue at my poll site. Who can I call?
For logistical questions or issues with a poll site, contact the Board of Elections at 866-Vote-NYC. For support from Election Protection, call 866-Our-Vote. For NYC Campaign Finance Board - https://www.nyccfb.info/law/file-complaint/
There are only a few races on my ballot. Why is that?
There are not races for every elected office in every district. The candidates on your ballot also depend on your political party. For example, only registered Democrats will vote in a Presidential primary. To see the full list of candidates on your ballot, visit whoisontheballot.org.
June 27, 2023 Primary Election Deadlines:
CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by June 12, 2023 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the Primary.
MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Application must be received by a board of elections no later than June 17, 2023 to be eligible to vote in the Primary.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the State and Local Primary, your application must be received no later than June 17, 2023.
When should we expect Election results?
Due to the number of voters expected to vote by mail, final election results will not be known for at least a week. The Board of Elections will not receive many ballots until days after the election. This delay in results is new to New York but common in states where absentee voting is a regular part of the process.
Where can I find my poll site?
What hours are polls open?
6 AM to 9 PM
What if I’m not permitted to vote?
Confirm with a poll worker that you are at the right table and voting location. If you believe you are eligible to vote, you can request an affidavit ballot. If you feel you’ve experienced illegal intimidation or suppression, contact Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
There’s an issue with my poll site. [e.g. machine isn’t working, site is closed, etc.]
That’s frustrating. We recommend reaching out to @boenyc to make sure they know about this issue so that they can correct it. Please include the address of the poll site when you DM or tag them so they can locate the right staff to handle it.
2023 Absentee Ballot Deadlines:
FOR JUNE 27 PRIMARY ELECTION
|June 12||Last day for board of elections to receive absentee ballot application by letter, telefax, or through the absentee request portal.|
|June 26||Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.|
|June 27||Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than July 4th.|
|June 27||Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections or to any poll site in your county.|
FOR GENERAL ELECTION
|October 23||Last day for board of elections to receive absentee ballot application by letter, telefax, or through the absentee request portal.|
|November 6||Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.|
|November 7||Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 14th. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 20th.|
|November 7||Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections or to any poll site in your county.|
Can I still vote in person if I requested an absentee ballot?
Can I still vote in person if I already voted by mail?
Yes, only your in-person vote will count
Do I have to fill out the box that says “Official Absentee Ballot For”?
No, but you MUST sign and date the back of the absentee ballot envelope.
Image from @boenyc
Can I drop off my completed absentee ballot at my poll site?
I haven’t received my absentee ballot, even though I requested it .
That’s very frustrating. If you haven’t gotten your ballot, you can vote in person on Election Day. According to the Board of Elections, as of last Friday, June 19, about 4% of absentee ballot requests submitted citywide had not yet been fulfilled. We are inviting voters to share their experience voting in the primary election at a July 1 meeting of the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, so that we can surface issues like this and suggest improvements for November.
[See above re: testifying at July 1 VAAC meeting if the voter wants to take further action.]
You may return your Absentee ballot in any of the following ways:
For the June 27 Primary Election:
- Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than June 27th.
- Bringing it to your County Board of Elections Office no later than June 27th by 9pm.
- Bringing it to an early voting poll site in your county between June 17th and June 25th.
- Bringing it to a poll site in your county on June 27th by 9pm.