April 30, 2020
What You Need to Know:
- Democratic Presidential Primary Cancelled
- Congressional and Legislative Primaries will Proceed as Scheduled
- Everyone is eligible for a mail-in absentee ballot.
The New York State Board of Elections has canceled the June 23rd Democratic presidential primary.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an Executive Order canceling all special elections scheduled for June 23, including special elections in the state assembly and senate, the special election for Queens Borough President, and the special election for the City Council 37th district seat.
However, all Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly primary elections are still scheduled for June 23!
With the presidential primary canceled, we’ll need your help now, more than ever, to boost turnout in the upcoming election.
Please share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues to help us ensure that all New Yorkers make their voices heard on June 23. Primary elections are especially important here in New York City, where general elections are often non-competitive.
The polls will be open on June 23, but all New Yorkers can vote Absentee. Here’s how:
For the upcoming June 23 election, all New Yorkers can vote by absentee ballot. The Governor announced this week that the Board of Elections will mail all New Yorkers a postage-paid absentee ballot application. New York City voters can also request an application by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692).
Voters can obtain an absentee ballot application online from the state Board of Elections, in English and Spanish. The New York City Board of Elections also provides forms in Chinese, Korean, and Bengali. You can also request an absentee ballot application by mail from your local board of elections.
No matter how you request your absentee ballot application, you must return that application by mail to your local board of elections.
If you are requesting an absentee ballot due to COVID-19, select “temporary illness or physical disability” as your reason for requesting the ballot, per the Governor’s Executive Order and the NYS Board of Elections website.
June 22 is the last day to file an absentee ballot application in person or postmark an absentee ballot by mail. Your ballot must be received or postmarked by June 30.
Do not fear: USPS has a policy of always delivering absentee ballots and applications, even if they are short on or missing postage.
Voter Registration Deadlines
To vote in the primary, an individual must postmark a registration application by May 29 – it has to be received by the BOE by June 3.
May 29 is also the last day to register in person at the BOE offices.
- A change of address will be processed if the BOE receives it by June 3.
A Recap of Cancelled Elections:
- The NYS Democratic Presidential Primary
- The Queens Borough President special election
- Special elections for state Senate District 50 near Syracuse, and for Assembly Districts 12 on Long Island, 31 in Queens and 136 near Rochester.
- The special election for City Council District 37
WhosOntheBallot will continue monitoring the situation and provide updates when they are available.
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