June 23 Primary FAQs: Everything You Need to Know
JUNE 23 ELECTIONS & WHAT'S ON THE BALLOT
Are there elections on June 23? I've heard that New York's primary was canceled.
Yes, elections are happening on June 23! The primary elections previously planned for Congress, state Assembly, and state Senate will be held. In addition, there will be a primary election for one city office: Queens Borough President. The vast majority of New York City neighborhoods will have at least one primary election on June 23.
How do I find out if there is an election happening in my area?
Find the elections happening in your neighborhood and see who is on the ballot by entering your address at nyc.pollsitelocator.com, which will be available soon. If there is a contest listed for your party and district, that means you have a primary election to vote in!
Can I vote by mail?
What is the process for voting by mail?
There are a few steps you need to take to vote by mail in the June election:
How do I request an absentee (or mail-in) ballot?
The process is easier than it has ever been. This year, the Board of Elections is mailing every registered voter an absentee ballot application, which you can complete and return to request your absentee ballot. (The application sent to you by mail will include a postage-paid return envelope.)
How do I complete the absentee ballot application (or request) form?
Complete the application using blue or black ink. If you wish to vote absentee due to the coronavirus pandemic, you should indicate that the reason is “temporary illness” (the definition of which has been expanded to cover the risk of contracting the coronavirus).
Will I need to add postage when mailing in my application or absentee ballot?
No. Per an Executive Order from Governor Cuomo, all absentee ballots mailed to voters for the June 23 primary will include pre-paid return postage.
How do I cast an absentee ballot?
Complete the ballot using blue or black ink, and follow all the written instructions carefully. You must use the return envelope provided with the ballot and sign the back of the envelope as instructed.
When do I need to send in my ballot?
Ballots must be postmarked by June 22. The ballot mailed to you by the Board of Elections will include pre-paid return postage.
Will I be able to vote by mail in November?
At this time, only voters with an eligible reason (or “excuse”) would be able to vote by mail. Eligible reasons are listed on the request form and include sickness, disability, residence in a long-term care facility, and out-of-town travel. For June, COVID-19 has been deemed an excuse by the Governor. This may be the case in November; we will update this page if and when this changes.
Can I still vote in person?
Yes. In-person voting is still available, both during the early voting period (June 13 - 21) and on Election Day (June 23). You can find your poll site (which may be different for early versus Election Day voting) using the Poll Site Locator. Ballot marking devices (see below) will be available at all poll sites and Board of Elections offices.
What if I cannot read or sign the application or absentee ballot due to disability?
You may make your mark or have your mark witnessed in the spaces provided at the bottom of the application. Please note that a power of attorney or printed name stamp is not allowed for any voting purpose. For more information about voting absentee with a disability, please contact your county Board of Elections.
How can I find out if my registration is up to date?
The New York State Board of Elections has a useful web tool to check your voter registration status: voterlookup.elections.ny.gov. The tool will provide your current registered address, party affiliation, and your election districts.
Can I still register to vote on June 23?
May 29 is the deadline to register to vote in the June 23 primary elections. To be eligible to vote in a party’s primary elections in June, new voters must enroll in that political party when registering.
How do I find out if I am eligible to vote on June 23?
You can vote in the primary if there is an election in your district, held by a political party with which you are registered. Check your voter registration status and party affiliation with the voter look up tool from the NYS Board of Elections. Then, use the Poll Site Locator (which will be available soon) to confirm which races are happening in your community. Only voters registered with a party may vote in that party's primary elections.