November is coming up, which means it's voting season! Voting is an essential part of every citizen's civic duty and is an amazing opportunity to advocate for change within your local community. Apicha CHC encourages its community members to engage in voting, especially when it comes to local elections.
With the upcoming 2021 general elections, here are some Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you have all the information you need.
When is the general election?
- The general election is on November 2, 2021.
Where is my polling site?
- Your voting site depends on what district your address is in. To find out your polling site, check here. Please note that your early voting and day-of voting may be in two different locations, so be sure to check.
What's on the ballot this year?
Below is a list of positions on the ballot this year in NYC. To see a full breakdown of this year's ballot specific to your residence, visit www.whosontheballot.org.
Member of the City Council
Justice of the Supreme Court
When & How Do I Register?
- Registering by mail: Applications must be postmarked no later than October 8, 2021, and received by a board of elections no later than October 13, 2021, to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
- In-person registration: You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 8, 2021. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 8, 2021, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 23, 2021.
- Change of address: Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 13, 2021, by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.
I'll be out of town on November 2. When and How can I vote Absentee?
- October 26, 2021: Last day to apply online, by email, fax, or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.
- November 1, 2021: Last day to apply IN-PERSON for an absentee ballot.
- November 2, 2021: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 9th. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 16th.
- November 2, 2021: Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections or to any poll site.
Am I eligible to vote?
To vote in New York, you must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a United States citizen
- Must be 18 years old by the date of the next election.
- Must have lived at his or her present address for at least 30 days prior to the election.
You can request a registration application in person at the county board of election or any New York state agency-based voter registration center. Forms are also available by mail, by telephone, or online.
Do I need my ID to vote at the polls?
No. In the state of New York, a voter does not need to present their ID in order to vote. For more information on New York voting, visit: https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingdeadlines.html