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2016 Elections


Special Election Bronx 17th City Council - 02/23/16**

Presidential Primary Election - 04/19/16*

    The Presidential Voter Guide is available here

    Presidential Primary in New York State Ballot Information

    The purpose of the Presidential primary is to select delegates to a national convention of a political party. Voters must be registered in the Democratic or Republican party to vote in that party’s primary. In New York State, the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries are organized differently.

    Republican Voters will be issued a ballot with candidates listed. The voter will choose one candidate, but will not vote for delegates. Please be advised that some candidates have withdrawn from the race but are still listed on the New York Ballot. Delegates for the Republican Party’s national convention are selected by the state’s Republican Committee.

    Democratic Voters will be asked to vote for the Presidential candidate AND delegates for the democratic convention. The delegate distribution will be determined by the number of votes each Presidential candidate receives. Based on the population of your congressional district, you will vote for 5-7 delegates (indicated on the ballot instructions). Outside of NYC, the delegates listed in the same row across from the Presidential candidate are the delegates for that candidate. In NYC, the delegates are listed in a separate column next to the column of Presidential candidates; the name of the candidate that they are pledged to support is indicated under the delegate’s name (see sample ballot here).

    For any questions regarding your ballot please call your County Board of Elections office (click here).

    Unofficial winner of the NY Democratic Presidential Primary: Hillary Clinton receiving 139 delegates out of 247 delegates possible.

    Unofficial winner of the NY Republican Presidential Primary: Donald Trump recieving 89 delegates out of 95 delegates possible.

Special Election - 04/19/16**

    Vacant Assembly Districts will be having a Special Election:

    • 59 Assembly District (to replace Persaud): Part of Kings County**
    • 62 Assembly District (to replace Borelli): Part of Richmond County**
    • 65 Assembly District (to replace Silver): Part of New York County**

    Unofficial winner of the 59 Assembly District: Jaime R. Williams

    Unofficial winner of the 62 Assembly District: Ronald Castorina Jr.

    Unofficial winner of the 65 Assembly District: Alice Cancel

Federal Primary - 06/28/16*

NYS Primary Election - 09/13/16*

General Election - 11/08/2016**


* Only voters enrolled in a party having a primary may vote in a Primary Election
** All registered voters in the district having a Special Election or General Election may vote

To check your voter party enrollment visit the New York State Voter Lookup.



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Voter Guide


Visit our online voter guide at vote411.org. Enter your address to find your polling place, build your ballot with our online voters' guide and much more! With our voters' guide you can see the races on your ballot, compare candidates' positions side-by-side, and print out a "ballot" indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day. Check out our resources for military and overseas voters!


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New York City Voting System


How to Use the DS200 Ballot Scanner System

  • At your poll site, sign in and get your paper ballot from the poll worker
  • A privacy sleeve will be provided to shield your ballot from view after you have marked it
  • Go to the privacy booth
  • A special pen will also be given you
  • Mark your ballot by completely darkening the oval next to your choice using the pen provided
  • Do not use an "X" or a "√"
  • Do not circle the oval or make stray marks on the ballot
  • For a write-in candidate, fill in the appropriate oval and write in the candidate's name
  • Ballot marking devices (BMDs) are available for voters who need assistance
  • Be sure to check your ballot for any mistakes before inserting it into the scanner, because if you vote for more than one candidate for any office, your vote for that office will not be counted
  • If you do make a mistake in marking your ballot, you can get another ballot from a poll worker
  • Take your marked ballot to the scanner area
  • Select the language of your choice by touching the corresponding button on the screen
  • Do not fold your ballot before inserting it into the scanner
  • Insert your marked ballot into the scanner to cast your vote

For more information on the voting system, visit the Board of Elections website.


Ballot-Marking Devices (BMDs)

Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) are available at polling sites to assist voters, especially those with disabilities, to vote. BMD ballots are counted with paper ballots. For more information about BMDs, call 866-VOTE-NYC, 212-487-5496 or visit the Board of Elections website.

For individual voters who would like to request this information in Braille, please contact: Monica Bartley, Voting Rights Coordinator, Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, mbartley@cidny.org or 646-442-4146.



Election Day Problems?


 Call one of these hotlines:

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)

1-866-MYVOTE1 (866-698-6831)



Elected Officials



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Look up your elected officials by entering your address above or by visiting the Who Reps Me? NYC website.

The "Who Represents Me: NYC" online service is a joint effort between the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center / CUNY and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York.

The League provided the primary content featured at the site: updated lists of elected officials and their local contact information. This information was based initially on the League's They Represent You brochure (which you can order here). The League will be updating the information periodically -- and we welcome your updates if you are involved with elected office in New York City. The Center supplemented this information with data from Sunlight Foundation and the Open States project, specifically contact information and photographs of state legislators and congressional representatives.