Rock The Vote

Seats on Ballot –2023 General Election

  • City Council: NYC Council Members have significant legislative powers when it comes to this city.  They pass laws, conduct oversight over services, negotiate and vote on the NYC budget that determines where resources are allocated. They also have final approval over land use development in communities across the City.

  • District Attorneys (Bronx, Queens):  DAs are elected to represent the people of the State of New York in criminal judicial proceedings. They have the responsibility and authority to investigate, bring charges and prosecute crimes and offenses in their respective borough.

  • Civil Court Judges:  They are public officials who have the authority to decide claims involving civil disputes and landlord-tenant matters.

If you live within the five boroughs, you can register to vote here.
If you live elsewhere in New York, you can register to vote online through the State Board of Elections website here.

If you would like more information on how to register to vote, visit CUNY’s guide.

General Election Day: Tuesday November 7, 2023
Early Voting:  Saturday October 28, 2023 - Sunday November 5, 2023
Voter Registration Deadline:  Saturday October 28, 2023
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (online or mail):  Monday October 23, 2023
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline (in-person)  Monday November 6, 2023


Important Election Dates

June 12, 2023

  • Last day for Board of Elections (BOE) to receive application or letter of application by mail or online portal for absentee ballot for Primary Election

June 17, 2023

  • Last day for a BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for primary if not previously registered
  • Last day that change address must be received for Primary Election
  • Last day for the BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for primary if not previously registered
  • Last day for in-person registration at BOE for the Primary Election
  • Last day for voter registration application for the Primary Election to be received by the BOE

June 20, 2023

  • Last day for BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for primary if already registered
  • June 17-25, 2023

    • Early voting for the Primary Election

    June 26, 2023

    • 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 if previously registered

    June 27, 2023

    • Last day to postmark absentee ballot for Primary Election; ballot must be received by BOE no later than July 4th
    • Last day to postmark Military/Special Federal/ UOCAVA ballot for primary. Date by which it must be received by the BOE is July 4th
    • Last day to deliver primary ballot in person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls
    • Primary Election

    October 23, 2023

    • Last day for BOE to receive absentee application or letter of application by mail or online portal for general election ballot

    October 28, 2023

    • Voter registration deadline for General Election
    • Last day for BOE to receive application for Special Federal/UOCAVA absentee ballot for general if not previously registered
    • Last day to receive change of address for general
    • Last day to deliver primary ballot in person to your country board or poll site
    • Last day for in-person registration for the General Election
    • Voter registration application to be able to vote in the General Election must be received by the BOE

    October 28, 2023

    • Last day for the BOE to receive application for Military absentee ballot for general election if not previously registered

    October 28 - November 5, 2023

    • Early voting for the General Election

    October 31, 2023

    • Last day for BOE to receive application for Military/Special Federal absentee ballot for general election if already registered

    November 06, 2023

    • Last day to apply in-person for General Election ballot
    • Last day to apply personally for a Military absentee ballot for general if previously registered

    November 07, 2023

    • Last day to postmark General Election ballot. Must be received by the county board no later than Nov 14th
    • Last day to deliver General Election ballot in person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls on election day
    • Last day to postmark Military/Special Federal/UOCAVA ballot for general. Date by which it must be received by the board of elections is November 20, 2023
    • General Election

    Online Voter Registration

    A new platform is available for all New Yorkers to register to vote online, pursuant to a state law that was enacted in 2019. The system features a site for New York City residents and a site for residents in other parts of the State.  It is available to anyone with access to a computer, tablet or smartphone. A person seeking to register will no longer need an identification card issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.  Instead, it will ask for the last four digits of the subject’s Social Security number.  There portal will guide the user through the signature process with three options to confirm the identity of the voter.

    If you live within the five boroughs, you can register to vote here.
    If you live elsewhere in New York, you can register to vote online through the State Board of Elections website here.

    CUNY students may continue to register to vote via CUNY First or elect to use the new platform.

    About Ranked Choice Voting:

    1. Ranked choice voting will be used during the 2023 Councilmember primary elections in June! You will be able to vote for your top 5 candidates and indicate them in order of preference.
      1. For one candidate to win during a ranked vote election, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate gets over 50% of the vote, the election moves to rounds, and the candidate with the lowest amount of votes per round will be eliminated.
      2. Rounds will continue until one candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote. If your highest-rated candidate gets eliminated during a round, your next highest-rated candidate will receive your vote.

    New Legislative Voting Rights Package Signed Into Law—September 2023

    On September 20, 2023, Governor Hochul gave final approval to a legislative package aimed at protecting voting rights and encouraging participatory Democracy


    Bills that strengthen Early Voting Practices:


    Bills that enhance Electoral Education:

    Bills To Protect New Yorkers’ Vote:

    Read the Governor’s Complete Press Release


    New State Law Allows More Time To Register To Vote

    On December 23, 2022, Governor Hochul signed legislation (S.2951A/A.8858A) expanding the time New Yorkers have to register to vote with the intention of making voting in the State easier and the ballot more accessible.

    Previously, voter registration forms had to be submitted in-person at least 25 days before an election or postmarked at least 25 days before the election and received by the local Board of Elections 20 days before the election. Now, if a New Yorker submits a registration form in-person 10 days before an election, postmarks a voter registration form 15 days before an election, and the Board of Elections receives the forms 10 days prior to the election, that person will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. This new law, which took effect on January 1, 2023, is consistent with the State constitutional minimum of ensuring voter registration forms are received 10 days ahead of an election.

    Register to vote.

    Read the Governor’s press release.

    New Law To Ensure Eligible Votes Are Counted

    On December 2, 2022, Governor Hochul signed S.284C/A.642C into law to improve the State’s electoral process and empower New Yorkers to vote. The new law requires the counting and canvassing of affidavit ballots made by qualified voters who go to the wrong polling site provided they are in the correct county and assembly district. The complete press release issued by the Governor’s Office can be found here.

    Redistricting of New York State Congressional Line

    In light of the population changes highlighted in Census 2020, congressional lines in New York State had to be redrawn. In January of 2022, the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission, a bi-partisan body created to achieve a fair and transparent redistricting process, submitted two sets of map proposals to the New York State Legislature, which were voted down. As a result, a map was drawn by members of the legislature, which was signed into law by Governor Hochul.

    Subsequently, a lawsuit was filed, Harkenrider v. Hochul, challenging the district lines created by the legislature on the basis that they favored one party over the other. After a long process, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore of the Court of Appeals ruled that a special master appointed by a lower court judge can draw the New York State maps. This special master was appointed by Judge Patrick McAllister of Steuben County New York. The special appointed master was Political Scientist Johnathan Cervas, a professor from Carnegie Mellon University. The goal of the independent court-appointed master was to create a fairer map. The 2022 map led to New York State districts being more competitive and a change in party representation in four seats in the House of Representatives. Find out more about the 2022 process.

    After the 2022 election, a new lawsuit was filed. In this lawsuit, the plaintiffs asked for new lines or boundaries to be drawn for the 2024 election because the 2022 map was only intended to be “temporary.” The map was drawn by the court and not by the Independent Redistricting Commission, which was established by a constitutional amendment in 2014. The plaintiffs argued that all Congressional Maps in New York must be drawn by the Independent Redistricting Commission or Members of the New York State Legislature, making the 2022 court created map only temporary. On July 13, 2023, the New York State Appellate Court ruled 3-2 in favor of the plaintiffs of the lawsuit stating that the New York State Congressional lines needed to be redrawn before the 2024 Election. This decision was recently appealed with the respondents asserting that according to the New York State Constitution, redistricting cannot occur mid-decade.

    Thus, a decision from the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State, will likely determine what New York’s Congressional lines will be for the 2024 election. Find out more about the appeal process.

    Read more about New York State’s redistricting process.

    New Assembly Redistricting Maps Issued

    The 10-member Independent Redistricting Commission released a new draft of proposed Assembly district lines on December 1, 2022. The Commission’s new maps differ from the current district maps created by the Assembly itself. Earlier this year, Judge McAllister voided the proposed maps for U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State Assembly districts. However, after a legal battle, the court ruled that Assembly districts could stay the same for the general election of November 2023 because of limited time. However, the court decided that maps needed to be revised for the 2024 elections. The Court appointed a special master to redraw the State Senate and Congressional district lines for the midterm elections.

    In September 2022, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled that the Independent Redistricting Commission was charged with submitting new maps by April 2023.

    After a contentious process, with bipartisan support of the maps, the Commission met the court-imposed deadline of December 2, 2022 to present the newly drawn maps. The Independent Redistricting Commission will hold public hearings from January 9 to March 1 across the State on the newly drawn maps. The deadline for the Commission to present final maps to the State Legislature is April 28, 2023.

    Some of the major changes on the newest maps are:


    On April 20, 2023, the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission voted 9-1 to advance the new Assembly district boundaries plan. Shortly thereafter, the State Legislature approved the district maps and Governor Hochul signed the legislation into law. These new lines/districts will be in place for the 2024 elections. They were established in response to a 2022 as a result of a ruling by the NYS Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in Nichols v. Hochul. The decision upheld a lower trial court decision overturning the district lines because the court found fault in the procedures the Assembly followed drawing their own maps. The court ruled that the maps were enacted in violations of the State’s constitutional process. The new district lines are essentially the same as those previously in effect.

    To learn more, click here.

    To find out who is your Assembly Member and which district you are in, click here.

    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

    To read Speaker Adams letter click here.

    To learn more, click here.

    To view the new maps, click


    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.

    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;

    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.


    Vote NYC
    Voter Lookup
    CUNY Votes
    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

    The Importance of Voting





    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, (323-237-8374), voter registration coordinator.


    NSLVE 2020 Report

    idhe Democracy Counts 2020 Report

    Voting Report Highlights:

    • In 2016, the National Average Institutional Voting Rate (number of eligible students that voted) was 53%. In 2020 it jumped to 66%.
    • John Jay Voter Registration Rates:
      • Our voting registration went up to 75.8% in 2020, a 7.9% increase from 2016.
      • The voting rate of John Jay registered students (students who were registered to vote and not just eligible) was 74.2%.
    • JOHN JAY Specific info: Our 2020 voting rate was 56.2% which is up 8.6% from 2016.
      • In 2020 56% of students were estimated to have voted.
      • In 2020 there was a 12% increase in John Jay 18-21 year old voters and a 6% increase in 22-24 year old voters
      • 57% percent of John Jay voters were estimated to be female and 49% were estimated to be male.
      • John Jay Race/Ethnicity Stats:
        • 36% of Asian students voted in 2020.
        • 56% of Black students voted in 2020.
        • 55% of Hispanic students voted in 2020.
        • 51% of White students voted in 2020.
      • John Jay Fields of studies:
        • 72% of health professions students voted in 2020.
        • 68% of history students voted in 2020.
        • 62% of Interdisciplinary studies students voted in 2020.
        • 65% of public administration students voted in 2020.
        • 58% of psychology students voted in 2020.
        • 56% of Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies students voted in 2020.  

    CUNYfirst Voter Registration

    How to'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