How To Vote in the August Primary

Due to redistricting and then re-redistricting NYC was given two primary elections.  The first primary was held on June 28; it covered offices of NYS Governor, NYS Lieutenant Governor, and NYS Assembly.  The upcoming August 23 primary will have U.S. Congress and NYS Senate on the ballot.  Due to redistricting U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney and NYS Senator Brian Kavanagh no longer have territory in North Brooklyn.  North Brooklyn will add NYS Senate District 59 (a new seat, even though that district number was used for upstate).  In addition, this primary introduces a test run on a form of open primary.  Anyone can change their party affiliation up to and including primary day, August 23.

Absentee Ballot: DEADLINE to apply: August 8
Currently, all NYC voters are eligible to vote by mail due to COVID-19.  A recent law gives all NYC voters the option to vote by mail in 2022.  Go to: to apply for an absentee ballot online by August 8 and select: “temporary illness or physical disability” as the reason if you are requesting your ballot due to COVID-19.   You can even track your ballot’s progress to you.  BONUS, you don’t need a stamp.  The return envelope is Prepaid!  Mark your votes for each contest with a blue or black pen. Fill in the oval completely. Avoid making stray marks on the ballot.  Place ballot in inner envelope — then seal, sign, and date it.  Place inner envelope in outer envelope — then seal, send, or drop off.   If you send by mail the ballot must be postmarked by August 23 (election day).  Or you can drop your absentee ballot off at local Board of Elections Office during operating hours, drop off at any Early Voting site, or drop off at any Election Day poll site.  If you didn’t receive your absentee ballot or it was damaged – you can still vote at a polling site by affidavit ballot.

Early Voting: August 13–21

Every NYC voter can vote early in person before Election Day.  Voting early is convenient, fast, and flexible.  Early voting poll sites are different from Election Day poll sites. To find your early voting poll site check: This will also inform on date and times the poll site is open.

Election Day: August 23

Check your polling site here: Note: some election districts changed, so if you may need to check that before you go to the polls, or they can look it up for you at the poll site.

Author: The Greenline

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