The special election for NYC Public Advocate is on February 26 - Learn more!

WHY WE VOTE:

As the fastest growing population in the United States, Asian Americans (AAs) and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) have the power to shape elections—local, state, and federal—and decide who will represent us in public office. By voting we not only declare our values but also honor the legacy of civil rights activists who fought and died for the right to vote.

KEY DATES:

  • The deadline to register to vote for the special election for NYC Public Advocate in person is February 16. Voter registration forms must be postmarked by February 1 and received by February 6.

  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is February 19 (postmarked) or in-person by February 25.

  • The deadline to submit your absentee ballot by mail is February 25 (postmarked and must arrive by March 5) or in-person by March 5.

  • 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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Step 1

Check to see if you are registered to vote!

It’s possible your name was purged from the voter rolls which means unless you re-register to vote, you’re ineligible to vote. Instead of finding out when you arrive at the polls on Election Day, take a moment to make sure you’re registered now. Check online here or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692).

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Step 2

Register to vote!

You can register to vote

  1. Online through the Department of Motor Vehicles’ website;

  2. By mailing a completed voter registration form; or

  3. In-person at your borough’s Board of Elections office.

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Step 3

Request an absentee ballot! Not going to be in town for Election Day? No worries! Apply for an absentee ballot and vote wherever you are in the world! You can request an absentee ballot:

  1. By mailing a completed and physically signed application to to your borough’s Board of Elections office; or

  2. In-person at your borough’s Board of Elections office.

And be sure to check in on your friend, sibling, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, cousins, and neighbors and make sure they’re registered, too!


Board of Elections Offices:

Open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

Bronx: 1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl, Bronx, NY 10457

  • Tel: 1.718.299.9017; Fax: 1. 718.299.2140

Brooklyn: 345 Adams Street, 4 Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201

  • Tel: 1.718.797.8800; Fax: 1.718.246.5958

Manhattan: 200 Varick Street, 10 Fl, New York, NY 10014

  • Tel: 1. 212.886.2100; Fax: 1.646.638.2047

Staten Island: 1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl, Staten Island, NY 10305

  • Tel: 1.718.876.0079; Fax: 1.718.876.0912

Queens: 118-35 Queens Boulevard, 11 Fl, Forest Hills, NY 11375

  • Tel: 1.718.730.6730; Fax: 1.718.459.3384

Resources:

  • APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation.

  • VoterVOX is a translation app that connects bilingual AAPIs with limited English proficient voters in their communities to make sure every eligible voter has access to a translated ballot and voting information.

  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. AALDEF is recruiting volunteers to ensure the Asian American voice is heard nationwide through our Asian American Exit Poll and Poll Monitoring project. Find out more here.

  • New York City Board of Elections has information translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bengali, and Russian.

  • Flip Your Ballot allows you to learn about the ballot questions in New York City. You can also find your poll site and sample ballot here.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I register to vote?

    • To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:

      • Be a citizen of the United States (Includes persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

      • Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.

      • Be 18 years of age before the next election.

      • Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.

      • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.

      • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).