Voter Information: Get Informed & Vote
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Voting in NYC: Introduction
Government affects almost every aspect of our daily lives, including education, affordable housing, public transit, public safety, and so much more.
Year round, The New York Public Library produces workshops, panel discussions, events, and resources focused on providing critical information such as how elections work and the role of elected officials.
Watch: Voter Information Sessions
Get Election Ready! What's on the Ballot with NYC Votes
Join the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and NYC Votes to learn all you need to know about the November 7, 2023, General Election including voting rights, important dates, offices on the ballot, and why your vote matters. Empower yourself and make your voice heard! This video is a recording of a program originally held live on October 25, 2023.
Empower Your Vote
Hear from experts at the League of Women Voters and LiveOn NY about civic engagement and the voting process. This video is a recording of a program originally held live on June 17, 2023.
- Register to Vote
- Change Your Party Registration
- Check Your Registration Status
- Ranked Choice Voting: What It Is and How to Do It
- Free Voter Information and Civic Engagement Events at the Library
- Multilingual Information
- Find Your Districts and Current Representatives
- Research the Issues
- Research Campaign Finance and Government Information
- Find Your Polling Place
- Vote by Mail/Absentee Voting
- Research the Candidates and Ballot Proposals
- Read About the History of New York City Politics
- Explore the Big Apple Book Ballot
Explore the NYC Votes website for voter information and resources in the following languages (located in the top right corner of the site): español (Spanish), বাংলা (Bengali), 繁體中文 (Traditional Chinese), and 한국어 (Korean).
The NY State Board of Elections website has information available in the following languages:
- español (Spanish)
- 中文 (Chinese)
- Pусский (Russian)
- יידיש (Hebrew)
- বাংলা (Bengali)
- 한국인 (Korean)
- Kreyòl ayisyen (Haitian Creole)
- Italiano (Italian)
- عربي (Arabic)
- Polski (Polish)
- français (French)
- اردو (Urdu)
Register to Vote
Not registered to vote?
Find out how to register In Person, By Mail or Online via vote.nyc.
To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States (includes people 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).
Change Your Party Registration
The New York voter registration form can be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party.
Check Your Registration Status
Not sure if you're registered? Check your voter status at the NYC Board of Elections Voter website.
Not sure of your rights? Read up at New York State Voter Bill of Rights.
Find Your Polling Place
- Poll Site Locator & Sample Ballot Display
- Or call Voter Phone Bank: 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)
Vote by Mail/Absentee Voting
Can't make it to the polls this year? Request an absentee ballot online, by mail, email or fax. Find out what you need to know here.
Ranked Choice Voting
Starting in 2021, New York City has used Ranked Choice Voting for primary and special elections for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and city council. Plurality voting, in which the candidate with the most votes wins, continues to be in use for general elections.
Ranked Choice Voting allows people to vote for multiple candidates in order of preference. You can now fill out the ballot saying who is your first choice, second choice, and so on up to your fifth-choice candidate for each position. Learn more about Ranked Choice Voting, including information in Español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese), 한국어 (Korean), and বাংলা (Bengali).
Frank Collerius and Crystal Chen from NYPL’s podcast, The Librarian Is In, offer a bitesize summary of the key features of Ranked Choice Voting and recap what happened when the Library and Gothamist asked New Yorkers to vote for their favorite NYC book.
Find Your Districts and Current Representatives
Enter your address at Who Represents Me? NYC to find out who your local, state, and federal representatives are.
Boroughs : Bronx Borough President • Bronx District Attorney • Brooklyn Borough President • Brooklyn District Attorney • Manhattan Borough President • Manhattan District Attorney • Queens Borough President • Queens District Attorney • Staten Island Borough President • Staten Island District Attorney
Research the Issues
Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims "to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics." The site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
Public Agenda aims to help communities and the nation solve tough problems through research, engagement, and communication.
The Opposing Viewpoints series (available in print and online with your library card) contains information on nearly 5,000 current social topics in the form of primary source documents, statistics, websites, and multimedia.
Research the Candidates & Their Stances
Vote411, the online voters' guide from the League of Women Voters, allows you to type in your address to see the races on your ballot. Candidates' positions can be compared side-by-side, and you may print out your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
The Internet Archive launched TV News Search and Borrow in 2012 "to enhance the capabilities of journalists, scholars, teachers, librarians, civic organizations, and other engaged citizens" by repurposing closed captioning "to enable users to search, quote and borrow U.S. TV news programs." It contains clips dating from 2009 to the present from over two million recorded programs which can be searched by keyword.
Open States "aggregates legislative information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico." Users can enter their address to find out who represents them in their state legislature, what bills their reps have sponsored and how they've voted.
ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit newsroom has an online tool called Represent where you can learn about your Senators and House Representative—which bills they've sponsored, how they've voted (and how often against their party), statements they've released, and more.
Voterly is a fact-based, nonpartisan website aimed at helping voters make informed decisions. It maintains a database of over 150,000 politicians at the federal, state and local levels including their educational backgrounds, past political offices held and other employment history. Voterly also lets you sign up to monitor your voter registration status (you must create a free account) that sends you alerts if there are any changes in your status.
Know Your Vote gathers nonpartisan data to help "the politically curious become the politically empowered." The website is particularly strong in providing information and contrasting viewpoints on major issues like police reform, the environment, education and health care.
Research Campaign Finance and Government Information
The Federal Election Commission "administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA)—the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections."
OpenSecrets.org: Center for Responsive Politics is "a nonpartisan guide to money's influence on U.S. elections and public policy."
NYOpenGovernment.com is an effort by the New York State Attorney General’s office to "promote citizens' right to know and to monitor governmental decision-making. It allows you to easily access statewide government information, which until now has been scattered or difficult to retrieve."
Follow the Money: The National Institute on Money in State Politics is a "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. Provides a campaign-finance database and issue analyses." Encourages "transparency and promotes independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students, and the public at large."
These resources and information are adapted from Election 2016: Register, Research, and Vote by Lauren Lampasone.
Have questions? Contact Ask NYPL for more information.
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