It's election season, which means you have the opportunity to vote and make your voice heard. In this blog, we're going to break down everything you need to know about early voting, election day voting, and absentee voting.
Information for this blog has been derived from https://vote.nyc.
Early voting information
When & where is early voting?
Early voting begins on Saturday, October 24, 2020 and ends Sunday, November 1, 2020. It's important to note that your early voting location will be different than your election day (November 3) location. You can find your early voting poll site here. You can also text 1-866-VOTE-NYC for information.
What time can I vote early?
Early voting poll locations open at varying times depending on the day and location. Click here to review open and closing hours for your early voting location. Open hours vary from 7am, 10am, and 12pm. Be sure to check before you go to vote!
Election Day voting information
When & where do I vote on election day?
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Your poll site correlates to the area you live in. As mentioned earlier, your election day and early voting poll locations are different. You can find out your poll site here.
What time can I vote on Election Day?
On Election Day (November 3rd), polls will be open from 6:00AM through 9:00PM at your designated polling location.
Do I need my ID to vote?
If you have voted in NYC before, you don't need to provide your ID. However, if this is your first time voting who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your ID with your registration, you may need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: a current and valid photo ID; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote an affidavit ballot.
Absentee voting information
If you are absentee voting, you must postmark, apply online, email or fax completed application for the General Absentee ballot by October 27, 2020. You may apply in-person by November 2, 2020. Ballots will be mailed beginning on/after September 18, 2020. For more information on absentee voting, click here.
What about safety measures due to COVID-19?
When you vote at your polling site, you are required to wear a face covering the for the entirety of your visit, and remain at least six feet apart from others. In addition, the following measures will be implemented:
- Fast pass card for contactless check in.
- Floor markers to help maintain social distancing.
- Antiviral wipes will be available to use as needed.
- Individual stylus/pen for voters to check in on poll pads and mark their ballot, which voters can keep.
- Voting machines will be cleaned regularly with antiseptic wipes.
- Masks will be provided to voters who need one. Poll workers are required to wear BOE-provided masks.
- All Early Voting sites will be professionally sanitized after close of polls.