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Special Election for NYC Public Advocate

The office of New York City’s public advocate was vacated on December 31, 2018 after former Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James was sworn into the office of state attorney general for New York. On January 2nd, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a special election for February 26th to fill the vacated seat.


The public advocate is New York City’s second-highest ranking elected official and can step in to act as mayor if the mayor is absent or unable to perform their duties. As the people's legal representative in city government, the public advocate has the power to investigate complaints and make recommendations about city agencies and services, provide information that allows New Yorkers to protect themselves, and introduce or co-sponsor bills.


Election Day is Tuesday, February 26 and polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. If you are waiting in line by 9 PM, you are allowed to vote.

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