If you’re looking to head to the polls, we have the basics covered below (Credit: WSHU/Josh Joseph).
Am I eligible to vote in the primary?
New York’s primaries are closed, meaning only voters registered with the Democratic or Republican parties can vote in each party’s primary. You’ll need to be registered to vote in New York and a member of one of these two parties, and you may only vote in your party’s primaries.
When and where can I vote?
Primary Day is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and you can find your local polling place here. You will still be allowed to vote after these hours if you are in line at a polling place by 9 p.m.
Can I vote early?
The in-person early voting period ended Sunday, Aug. 21. The next chance to vote is on Primary Day, August 23.
If I’m not registered to vote, can I still register in time for the primary?
No. To register in time for this primary, you need to have done so in-person by July 29 or, if by mail, postmarked by July 29 and received by Aug. 3. Similarly, change of address forms must have been received by Aug. 3 to affect your voter information by Primary Day.
Can I change parties to vote in the other party’s primary?
Although you may have heard that this was possible, it is no longer the case. Originally, a loophole created by the addition of the August primary would have allowed voters to change party affiliation up until Primary Day. In the runup to the election, however, a state Supreme Court instituted a deadline of Aug. 11 to effectively change voters’ party affiliations in time for the primary — a move intended to stop voters from “raiding” opposing parties’ primaries.
Can I vote via an absentee ballot?
According to New York’s Board of Elections, you can apply to vote absentee if:
- You are absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City, absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day
- You are unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19)
- You are unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of someone who is ill or physically disabled
- You are a resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
- You are in jail or prison for any reason other than a felony conviction (this includes anyone who is awaiting grand jury action, awaiting trial, or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor)
If you haven’t already applied for an absentee ballot and wish to, you will need to pick one up in person at your local county board of elections by Monday, Aug. 22, as the date to apply online or by mail has passed. You will be able to mail in your absentee ballot or deliver it to a polling site until polls close at 9 p.m. on Aug. 23. You can also track the status of your ballot here.
If you have already applied for an absentee ballot and wish to vote in-person instead, you must fill out an affidavit ballot, which will only be counted once election officials determine you have not sent in your absentee ballot.
Do I need an ID to vote?
Unless this is your first time voting in a federal election, you do not need to present an ID when checking in at your polling place. If this is your first federal election and you didn’t provide identification (your driver’s license or state ID number, the last four digits of your social security number, or an application for a state-assigned number) when you registered to vote, you will need a photo ID or an identifying document like a copy of a utility bill or a bank statement. If you don’t bring identification, you can still fill out an affidavit ballot.
What do I do if my voting rights are challenged at the polls?
If your right to vote is questioned at a polling site, you are permitted to take challenge and qualification oaths to affirm your eligibility to vote. You also have the right to fill out a provisional ballot if you are challenged by election officials, which will be counted once your eligibility is reviewed.
If you believe your rights are being violated at a polling place, you can contact New York’s election protection hotline at 866-390-2992, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via this online form.
Who’s on the ballot?
Congressional Candidates - Click each tab below to see more about each race
Francis Conole (D) focused on wider health care access, investing in CNY education, job training and infrastructure, and climate change.
Sarah Klee Hood (D) focused on climate change, small business support, and single-payer universal healthcare.
Chol Majok (D) focused on family stabilization, tax reform, and public safety.
Sam Roberts (D) focused on creating more jobs, public safety, and public education.
Steven Wells (R) focused on securing borders, stopping inflation, and safer communities through bail reform.
Brandon Williams (Con.) focused on term limits, pro-life, and upholding the second amendment for gun ownership.
In addition to the 23rd Congressional District primary, there is a special election to fill the existing 23rd district seat for the remainder of this year, due to the resignation of Rep. Tom Reed. Whoever wins this election will need to run for the seat again in November.
Claudia Tenney (R) (Con.) focused on growing jobs, supporting veterans, and upholding the second amendment for gun ownership.
Mario Fratto (R) focused on lowering taxes, protecting gun rights, and not relying on China.
George Phillips (R) There was no public website or issue information for this candidate.
State Senate Candidates
Julie Abbott (R) (Con.) focused on safe communities by revisiting bail reform, creating a better business climate and affordable communities through lower taxes.
Justin M. Coretti (Con.) There was no public website or issue information for this candidate.