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November 8, 2022 Election Night Results

New York State Board of Elections

New York City Board of Elections

New York Times Election Results

 


Early Voting Statistics by Borough


CUNY Voting Guide Nov. 2, 2022 General Election

 


LATEST UPDATE: The New York City Council approves the Revised City Council District Maps

On October 27, 2022, the New York City Council approved the newly redrawn city council maps proposed by the Districting Commission which will go in to effect next year. The New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams sent a letter to the Districting Commission Chairperson Dennis Walcott announcing the Council’s approval of the new maps. The final version of the maps include significant changes to some existing districts in order to account for the population growth over the last ten years, as demonstrated in the recent Census. The newly drawn maps will now go to the City Clerk for official certification.

The Commission will hold another public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, 6 p.m. at 22 Reade Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10007, during which it will explain the revised plan submitted to City Council. The meeting will also be livestreamed at nyc.gov/districting.

To read Speaker Adams letter click here.

To learn more, click here.

To view the new maps, click  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/districting/maps/maps.page

 

New York City Council Redistricting

According to the 2020 Census, New York City’s population grew by more than 600,000 between 2010 and 2020. There was significant growth in the City’s Asian American and Pacific Islander population, and also in the City’s Hispanic population. Because of population changes, some council districts may undergo significant changes under a redistricting process.

The NYC Charter requires that the City’s Districting Commission redraw the council’s 51 districts every 10 years, factoring population and demographic changes in the census. The Commission is comprised of 15 members, 7 appointed by the mayor, 5 appointed by the council’s Democratic majority and 3 appointed by the council’s Republican minority.

The members of the Commission are charged with drafting new boundary lines for the council districts, with strict criteria for each district’s population so that it doesn’t dilute the voting power of racial and language minority groups. Further the maps cannot split neighborhoods and communities of common interest. This process may be as contentious as the process that just transpired for the State Senate, State Assembly and Congressional lines, resulting in a fragmented primary election season.

The New York City Districting Commission released the first set of maps on July 15, 2022. Among the highlights, the preliminary plan created a new Asian- and Pacific Islander- majority district in southern Brooklyn. It will cover parts of Sunset Park, Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst. However, some fear these new lines will disempower the area’s LatinX community.

The New York Immigration Coalition expressed concern that the Commission did not keep immigrant communities whole. The new districts will split up communities of color, making it harder for immigrant New Yorkers in those areas to elect leaders that will represent their interests. Others took issue with splitting districts into different boroughs.

The maps are available for review online and a hard copy will be displayed at the Surrogate’s Court 31 Chambers Street.

Eventually, the plan will be submitted to the City Council. If the City Council doesn’t object to that plan within three weeks, it is automatically adopted. If the City Council objects in whole or in part to the plan and requests revisions, the Commission must consider the comments and feedback before issuing a revised plan for public input and another round of hearings. The Commission votes on and submits a final plan to the City Clerk. Thus, the Commission has final approval over the legislative maps unless subject to a legal challenge. However, the past two City Council redistricting plans that were approved passed without a legal challenge.

The new lines must be in place by February 2023 in time for the June primary elections when the City Council will again be on the ballot, as well as in the subsequent 2025 and 2029 elections.

See: NYC Redistricting Commission

View the released maps.

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:

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:

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.



 

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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


Additional Voter Information

* Voter Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated from the NYC Department of Correction
* New State Election Law Reforms
* Re-Enfranchisement Information

Voting Rights

* Historical Timeline

Voter Engagement

John Jay Programming

Makeda Jordan, mjordan@jjay.cuny.edu (323-237-8374), voter registration coordinator.

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