It’s Election Day in NYC! Here’s Everything to Know

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Election Day has arrived for New Yorkers.

Though New York City residents won’t be voting for a president, governor, or mayor this year, their ballots will decide on all 51 City Council seats, two statewide measures, and races for district attorney and the local Supreme Court.

Ahead, Bazaar breaks down everything you need to know before heading to your polling booth.

What’s on the ballot?

All 51 seats on the City Council will be voted on in today’s election, with some especially contentious races taking place in parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Incumbents Justin Brannan, a Democrat, and Ari Kagan, a Republican, are both running for south Brooklyn’s District 47, which was recently redrawn to include parts of their adjoining districts. In the newly redrawn District 43 (an area that covers Sunset Park, Gravesend, and Bensonhurst), three contenders are running for the district’s open seat: Democrat Susan Zhuang, Republican Ying Tan, and Conservative Party candidate Vito LaBella. In the Bronx’s District 13, incumbent Marjorie Velázquez, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from Republican Kristy Marmorato. And Republican Vickie Paladino will go head-to-head with Democrat Tony Avella for Queens’ District 19; Paladino had previously beat Avella in a close race that came down to a nearly 400-vote count difference back in 2021.

While there are district attorney races taking place in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, Queens district attorney Melinda Katz is the only one running against opponents—though she is expected to be reelected. Judicial elections will also appear on some New Yorkers’ ballots this year, with four of the most competitive judicial races occurring in Brooklyn and Queens.

Finally, voters will decide on two new statewide measures that propose to amend the state constitution in regard to debt placed on school districts and debt incurred from the construction of sewage facilities.

Where can I vote?

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You can find your voting site by inputting the required information in this form for the New York State Board of Elections.

Find Your Voting Site Here

Polling will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Do I need to bring anything to vote?

The Board of Elections states that registered voters don’t need to bring any identification to vote, unless they didn’t provide an ID during their registration. If you’re a first-time voter, you must provide an ID on or with your voter registration application. This can be given in the form of a driver’s license number, a non-driver’s ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Am I even registered to vote?

The Board of Elections also has a form to determine whether or not you’re registered to vote, which you can access here.

If you aren’t registered, you can submit a form online to become a registered voter here today—though, unfortunately, it will be too late for you to vote in time for this election.

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