Rock The Vote

Redistricting Information

Congressional and State Legislative seats/districts have changed due to the U.S. Census count.  Before the summer primaries, find out what NYC district you are living in and who might represent you by checking online here.

Key Dates for Voting in 2022

  • August 13 – August 21: Early Voting for the August 23 Primary
  • August 23: Primary Election Day (Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • October 29 – November 6: Early Voting for the November 8 General Election
  • November 8: General Election Day (Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Visit the NYC Board of Elections website for additional voting and election information, including voting schedules, to check your voter registration status, find polling locations, etc.

 

 


The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act Become Law in New York State

On June 20, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York (S.1046-E/A.6678-E) into law. The state legislature passed this bill, the most expansive protections in the country, to encourage participation in our Democracy and elective franchise by all eligible New Yorkers. The law aims to ensure that eligible voters who are members of racial, ethnic, and language-minority groups have equitable access to register to vote and participate in our political or electoral process. In sum, this Act establishes the rights of a protected class to vote, provides assistance to language-minority groups, requires preclearance for potential violations and creates civil liability for voter intimidati

Among the provisions:

  • Expands access to voting by barring voter dilution, suppression, intimidation, deception, or obstruction
  • Requires jurisdictions with a history of civil or voting rights violations to seek preclearance for changes to key election policies and procedures through either the State Attorney General's Civil Rights Bureau or a specified State Supreme Court
  • Creates civil liability for voter intimidation and vote dilution, provides guidance on how these can be proven in court and a non-exhaustive list of suggested remedies
  • Provides for expedited judicial proceedings involving alleged violations under the Act
  • Requires districts to provide language assistance to a minority group for voting materials of an equal quality of the English language materials

The provisions of this Act will apply to all elections for any office or electoral choice within the State or political subdivision.

Read the full press release here.


Absentee Voting Protection Signed Into Law

On June 24, 2022, a New York State law was enacted to protect absentee voting, ensuring these ballots are not disqualified because of stray marks.

During the pandemic many voters used absentee ballots to safely participate in the electoral process. This law protects the constitutional right of absentee voters to have their vote counted when there are marks or writing on an absentee ballot, as long as the express intent of the voter is clear. Before the law was enacted, any stray marks or writing would void the ballot regardless of whether the rest of the ballot was filled correctly.

This Act takes effect immediately and will apply to all elections after June 24.

Read the full bill here.


Absentee Voting Extended Through 2022

On January 21, 2022, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation ( S. 7565-B/A. 8432-A)  authorizing voting by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic through 2022. This legislation continues to allow New Yorkers to request an absentee ballot during the pandemic where there is a risk of contracting or spreading disease to members of the public. This legislation first became law in July of 2020, and expired December 31, 2021.

Absentee ballot applications for the February 15th special elections in the 60th and 72nd assembly districts are available through January 31st by mail, until February 14th in-person and can be submitted by mail or in-person until February 15th. More information on absentee voting and how to apply for an absentee ballot is found here.

If you are Voting by Absentee Ballot, here are the Changes for 2022 and Beyond

There are new absentee ballot procedures that apply to 2022 and future elections, as a result of amendments to state law. Here are the key points to remember: 
• If you have applied for an absentee ballot either by mail, online or in-person, you may not cast a ballot on a voting machine for that election;
• However, if you have applied for an absentee ballot, and you changed your mind and want to vote in-person, whether during early voting or on election day,  you may complete an affidavit ballot at the poll site.  Affidavit ballots will be kept separate by the poll workers until the election is completed;
• To ensure that one ballot, one vote is cast by each voter, election officials will confirm if a voter’s absentee ballot has been received. If the absentee ballot has been received, the affidavit ballot will not be counted. If the absentee ballot has not been received, the affidavit ballot will be counted;
•  If you request, complete, and return an absentee ballot, and then request a second absentee ballot, the following applies:

  • The first absentee ballot received by the Board of Elections will be set aside unopened, so that you have an opportunity to return the second ballot. The second ballot will be opened and counted unless the first ballot has already been opened.
  • If both ballots are received prior to the deadline, the ballot with the later postmark date is accepted and any other ballots are rejected, unless the first ballot was already opened.
  • If you return more than one absentee ballot before the deadline, and you also cast an affidavit ballot, the last received ballot (submitted in-person during the election or by mail within the absentee return deadline) will be canvassed and counted. 

You may apply online to request an absentee ballot. Once you request the absentee ballot, voting in-person using the voting machine is no longer an option during Early Voting or on the Primary or General Election Day. You will only be permitted to vote by affidavit ballot.



 

Our Vote is Our Voice.

A one-stop hub for members of the John Jay College community to learn about their voting rights, how/when to register to vote, background and positions of candidates and elected officials and to address their voter needs, questions, and/or concerns.

June 28, 2022 – Primary Day

August 23, 2022 – Primary Day

November 8, 2022 - General Election Day

POLL SITES are OPEN from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM in New York State.

Check with your local board of elections if you are unsure of the voting hours.

RESOURCES

Vote NYC
Voter Lookup
CUNY Votes
NYS 2022 Political Calendar
New York City Campaign Finance Board
New York State Voter Registration Form
New York State Absentee Ballot Application
Access your Poll Site Locator
(The Board of Elections in the City of New York)
CUNY Time to Vote Workplace Policy
CUNY Vote 2022 Primary Election Booklet
CUNY Vote 2021 General Election Booklet


The Importance of Voting

 

 

 

 

Important 2022 Election Dates New York State

March 7, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive absentee voting application by mail for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

March 12, 2022
Last day to register in person at a BOE office for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

March 12-20, 2022
Early Voting for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

March 12-20, 2022
Early Voting for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

March 21, 2022
Last day to apply in person at BOE for absentee ballot for NYC 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

March 22, 2022
NYC 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

Last day to postmark absentee ballot for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person at BOE for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

March 29, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive absentee ballot by mail for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

April 4, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive military ballots by mail for 43rd Assembly District, Brooklyn/Kings Special Election

June 3, 2022
Last day to postmark voter registration application for Primary Election

Last day for in-person registration at BOE for the Primary Election

Last day for BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal absentee ballot for Primary Election

June 8, 2022
Last day for voter registration application for the Primary Election to be received by the BOE

Last day to change address for Primary Election

June 13, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive application, letter, telefax, other written instrument through portal for absentee ballot for Primary Election.


June 18-26, 2022
Early Voting for the Primary Election

June 21, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for Primary Election

June 27, 2022
Last day to apply in-person for absentee ballot for Primary Election

Last day to apply in-person for Military absentee ballot for Primary Election

June 28, 2022
Last day to postmark absentee ballot for Primary Election; ballot must be received by BOE no later than July 5

Last day to deliver primary ballot in person to your country board or poll site

Last day to postmark Military/Special Federal absentee ballot for primary

June 28, 2022
Primary Day
Statewide offices, the State Assembly, Judicial Delegates and Alternates


July 29, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for August Primary Election

In Person Registration: Last day application must be received by BOE to be eligible to vote in the August Primary Election

Last Day to postmark voter registration application, must be received by August 3, 2022


August 3, 2022
Change of address for August Primary must be received by this date to be processed


August 8, 2022
Last day for receipt of application or letter for absentee ballot


August 13 - August 21, 2022
Early voting for Primary election


August 22, 2022
Last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot for Primary


August 23, 2022
Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person to the county board


August 23, 2022

Primary Election—Congressional Seats, State Senate Seats

Last day to postmark Military/Special Federal ballot which must be received by the board of elections by August 30, 2022


October 14, 2022
Last day to postmark voter registration application to be able to vote in the General Election; application must be received by the BOE by Oct.19

Last day for in-person registration for the General Election

Last day for BOE to receive application for Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for General Election

October 19, 2022
Last day to change address for General Election


October 24, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive application, letter, telefax, other written instrument through portal for absentee ballot for General Election

October 29, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive application for Military absentee ballot for General Election

October 29-November 6, 2022
Early Voting for General Election

November 1, 2022
Last day for BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal absentee ballot for General Election

November 7, 2022
Last day to apply in-person for absentee ballot for General Election

Last day to apply in-person for Military absentee ballot for General Election

November 8, 2022
Last day to postmark general election absentee ballot; must be received by the county BOE no later than Nov. 15

Last day to deliver general election absentee ballot in person to county board of election or your poll site by close of polls.

Last day to postmark Military/special Federal ballot for general election; must be received by BOE by Nov. 21

November 8, 2022
General Election Day

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CUNYfirst Voter Registration

How to register...it's simpler than you think!

Step 1: Log into CUNYfirst

Step 2: Click NYS Voter Registration Form

Step 3: Fill out form

Note: Most of the required information is automatically filled out for you.

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Step 4: Confirm that you read,and then swear to the affidavit

Step 5: Click agree to register to vote

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