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Voting and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for NYC Voters

Protect your health, and the health of our democracy. Make sure your voice is heard in elections this spring!

Last updated: March 20, 2020 at 4:00 PM

All voting for the Special Election for Queens Borough President has been suspended, following an announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio. More information will be posted here as soon as it is available. The information below reflects our best understanding at this time. Sign up to receive email and text message updates at www.voting.nyc/smart, or text VOTESMART to 917-979-6377.

New York City was scheduled to hold two elections this spring: a Special Election for Queens Borough President on March 24 (for Queens residents), and a statewide Presidential Primary on April 28 (with simultaneous special elections for City Council District 37 in Brooklyn and Assembly District 31 in Queens).  We know that New Yorkers are concerned about the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we want to make sure that you have the information you need to vote. This page is being updated as additional information becomes available.

On March 15, the Special Election for Queens Borough President was postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.

At present, the Presidential Primary and special elections in Council District 37 (CD37) and Assembly District 31 (AD31) will proceed as scheduled in April, including all associated registration deadlines and early voting periods as specified on the Board of Elections website

Whether you are ill, in self-quarantine, or simply want to limit your exposure to crowds, there are options available to stay involved while taking care of yourself.

Request and vote by absentee ballot
Can’t make it to your polling site due to illness, hospitalization, residence in a long-term care facility, travel, or another covered reason? You can request an absentee ballot. On March 14, in response to community spread of COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced that all Queens voters could vote in the March 24 Special Election (subsequently postponed) by mail by requesting and submitting an absentee ballot. At this time, it’s not clear if that provision will be extended to the elections scheduled for April and June. Visit our How to Vote page and click “Vote Absentee” for full details on current covered ways to vote absentee.

Request deadline for Queens Borough President: election suspended
Request deadline for Presidential Primary, CD37 and AD31: April 21

Print-at-home absentee ballot request forms:

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Vote early!
All registered voters can participate in early voting, which starts 10 days before Election Day. Benefits include shorter wait times and less crowding at the polls. 

Early Voting for Queens Borough President: election suspended
Early Voting for Presidential Primary, CD37 and AD31: April 18–26

Find your early voting location

Follow public health advice
The Board of Elections is working to make sure that polling sites are clean and safe. The CDC has also issued guidelines for election polling locations. But your health is in your hands, too: washing or using hand sanitizer after touching surfaces in public spaces (including voting machines) is a smart way to stay healthy, whenever you vote. Visit www.nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information on prevention and ways to stay healthy.

Need more information on upcoming elections? Visit Voting.NYC and read the Voter Guide for profiles of the candidates. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Check the top of the page for the date and timestamp for the last update. For the health and safety of our staff and visitors, the Campaign Finance Board is currently providing all services remotely; visit our Contact Us page for details.

Visit www.nyc.gov/coronavirus for complete information on the virus, the city’s response, and how you can help stop the spread of coronavirus.