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Election News

November 2, 2018

Know Your Voting Rights

General Election – November 6, 2018

In order to vote in the general election on November 6, you must have already fulfilled one requirement:

  • Have already registered to vote in New York by October 12, 2018.

To verify your voter registration status or to find your polling place, please use Who’s On The Ballot, found here.

  • You may also find your polling place here
  • You may also call 1-866-VOTE-NYC to find your polling place or check your registration status
  • If you do not know your New York county, a map can be found here
    • For New York City boroughs:
      • Manhattan – New York County
      • Brooklyn – Kings County
      • Staten Island – Richmond County
      • Queens – Queens County
      • Bronx – Bronx County

Polls will be open from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Absentee voting: If you meet the above registration criteria and would like to vote absentee, please note the following requirements and deadlines:

  • Requirements to vote absentee
    • You must be absent from your county on Election Day
    • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
    • A patient or inmate in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital
    • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony
  • Deadlines to vote absentee
    • In order to vote absentee you must first fill out an application for an absentee ballot
    • The deadline to request an application for an absentee ballot by mail is October 30, 2018, additionally you may still go to your Board of Elections Borough Office and request an application in person and vote there
    • If you already have your application and wish to mail your absentee ballot in, the deadline to postmark your ballot is November 5, 2018
    • If you wish to have somebody else hand in your absentee ballot, the deadline for delivery is November 6, 2018
  • You can download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form here
  • For more information on absentee voting, check out our WOTB page on absentee voting here

If you are not on the poll-list but are properly registered, ask the inspector to verify that you are at the proper table for your address. Make sure that you go to the correct polling place. You may not be on the list because your registration form was not received by the deadline.

If you believe that you are eligible, first ask the poll worker to call the county clerk and confirm your registration. If you are still not on the rolls, you should then ask for an affidavit ballot. After the election, the Board of Elections in the City of New York will check its records and your vote will be counted if you are indeed eligible to vote. If you are found to have not been eligible, you will receive a notice that you are not eligible, along with a registration application for future elections.

If you have questions about voting in next week’s primary contest or are having trouble finding information, please contact our Program Assistant Audrey Litvak at AL3735@columbia.edu