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Voting and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for NYC Voters

Protect your health, and the health of our democracy. Make sure your voice is heard in elections this spring!

Last updated: March 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM

All elections previously scheduled for March and April have been postponed to June 23. Sign up to receive email and text message updates at nycvotes.nyccfb.info/vote_smart, or text VOTESMART to 917-979-6377.

New York City was scheduled to hold two elections this spring: a Special Election for Queens Borough President (for Queens residents), and a statewide Presidential Primary (with simultaneous special elections for City Council District 37 in Brooklyn and Assembly District 31 in Queens). We know that New Yorkers are concerned about the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we want to make sure that you have the information you need to vote. This page is being updated as additional information becomes available.

As of March 30, all spring elections have been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 23. This includes the Special Election for Queens Borough President; the Presidential Primary; and special elections for Council District 37 (CD37) and Assembly District 31 (AD31).

Whether you are ill, in self-quarantine, or simply want to limit your exposure to crowds, there are options available to stay involved while taking care of yourself.

Request and vote by absentee ballot
Can’t make it to your polling site due to illness, hospitalization, residence in a long-term care facility, travel, or another covered reason? You can request an absentee ballot. On March 14, in response to community spread of COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced that all Queens voters could vote in the March 24 Special Election (subsequently postponed) by mail by requesting and submitting an absentee ballot indicating “temporary illness.” At this time, it’s not clear if that provision will be extended to the elections rescheduled for June. Visit our How to Vote page and click “Vote Absentee” for full details on current covered ways to vote absentee.

Request deadline for June 23 Primary & Special Elections: June 16

Print-at-home absentee ballot request forms:

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Vote early!
All registered voters can participate in early voting, which starts 10 days before Election Day. Benefits include shorter wait times and less crowding at the polls.

Early Voting for June 23 Primary & Special Elections: June 13 - 21

Find your early voting location

Follow public health advice
The Board of Elections is working to make sure that polling sites are clean and safe. The CDC has also issued guidelines for election polling locations. But your health is in your hands, too: washing or using hand sanitizer after touching surfaces in public spaces (including voting machines) is a smart way to stay healthy, whenever you vote. Visit www.nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information on prevention and ways to stay healthy.

Need more information on upcoming elections? Visit Voting.NYC and read the Voter Guide for profiles of the candidates. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Check the top of the page for the date and timestamp for the last update. For the health and safety of our staff and visitors, the Campaign Finance Board is currently providing all services remotely; visit our Contact Us page for details.

Visit www.nyc.gov/coronavirus for complete information on the virus, the city’s response, and how you can help stop the spread of coronavirus.