NYC election day: Where to vote, how to report an issue

The NYC general elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
The NYC general elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Michael Reaves

New Yorkers will see candidates for all the top offices in city politics on their ballots on Tuesday.

In most races, incumbents, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and all five borough presidents, are running for re-election. 

Here’s what you need to know about Election Day and what to do if you have issues at your polling site:

Who’s running

There are races for mayor, public advocate, city comptroller, borough presidents and all 51 seats on the City Council.

Incumbents are running in the majority of the races, but there are 10 City Council seats that are not being sought by an incumbent: Districts 2, 4, 8, 13, 18, 21, 28, 41, 43 and 44.

Check the Campaign Finance Board Voter Guide for profiles of the candidates.

How to check voter registration status

New Yorkers had to be registered with their local Board of Elections office by Oct. 13. You can check if you’re registered here or by calling 866-868-3692.

When and where to vote

Polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. To find your polling location, check the BOE website or call 866-868-3692.

What to do if your name isn’t on the list

If you’re told your name isn’t on the poll-list, but you believe you are registered to vote, first make sure you’re at the right polling location. If you are, you can request an affidavit ballot to vote. After the election, the BOE will check its records and count the ballot if you’re found to be eligible.

How to report an issue

If you encounter any issues at your polling location, here are a few places you can contact:

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office

  • Hotline – 1-800-771-7755
  • Email – civil.rights@ag.ny.gov

New York City Board of Elections

  • Hotline – 866-868-3692
  • General email – ElectionInfo@boe.nyc.ny.us 

New York State Board of Elections

  • Hotline – 518-486-7858 
  • General email – enforcement@elections.ny.gov 

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