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Election and Voting Dates

Please note these key voter registration deadlines, early voting and election dates:
October 23, 2023 Absentee Ballot Application Deadline (by letter, telefax, or through the absentee request portal)
October 28 - November 5, 2023 Early Voting Period
October 28, 2023 Voter Registration Deadline
November 6, 2023 Absentee Ballot Application In-Person Deadline
November 7, 2023 General Election Day
November 7, 2023 Postmarked Absentee Ballot Date
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Register to Vote - Forms and Resources

An accessible version of the New York State Voter Registration Form is available online. Completed forms must be printed, signed, dated, and mailed to the county board of elections.

Who Can Register to Vote?

  • To be eligible to register to vote you must:
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
  • Be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship);
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere


For the June 27th primary election, Ranked Choice Voting will be used for City Council offices.

NYC will only use Ranked Choice Voting in primary and special elections for city offices:

  • Mayor
  • Public Advocate
  • Comptroller
  • Borough President
  • City Council

Other offices on the ballot will not use Ranked Choice Voting.

For information on Ranked Choice Voting, please use the following links:

Here are some helpful videos:

RCV Summary:

Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) was first implemented in 2021 when 73.5% of NYC voters selected this system in a 2019 ballot referendum for special and primary elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, City Council and Borough Presidents offices. For the 2023 primary elections, RCV will be the voting system for City Council offices only.

With RCV:

  • all NYC voters will vote for their top five candidates in order of preference
  • any candidate must win more than 50% of the vote to win an election

When no candidate in an election for a local office wins more than 50% of the vote:

  • votes are then counted in rounds
  • each round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated
  • if your highest rated candidate is eliminated, your vote will move to your next highest rated candidate
  • rounds will continue, eliminating candidates with the lowest votes, until a candidate receives more than 50% of votes

With this new system, a winning candidate better reflects voters’ preferences because they are able to rank and support multiple candidates.

Visit NYC Campaign Finance Board for more info.

CUNY Votes

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Last Updated: 09/21/2023 14:47