As we’re sure you’re aware, there’s an election right around the corner. Come November 3rd, millions of Americans will go to the polls and vote. The events of 2020 have certainly changed things. The pandemic and resulting quarantine have raised plenty of questions around voting - particularly here in NYC.
We here at Stonehenge NYC are here to help. Let’s keep it simple. This is everything you need to know about how to vote in the 2020 election.
It’s not just the Presidency that’s up for grabs this time around. You’ll also be able to vote for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, and NYS Supreme Court. On a more local level, there are also elections being held for the NYC Civil Courts.
Not super familiar with who’s running in those smaller elections? No problem. You can visit this link to learn some info about everyone running in NYC elections this fall. You’ll learn a bit about each candidate and their platforms and be able to make more informed decisions.
Do I Have to Go To The Polls?
Luckily, you don’t even have to go to the polls to vote. This is thanks to mail-in voting. Due to the pandemic, the New York City Campaign Finance Board suggests you consider an absentee ballot. You’ll need to first request your absentee ballot at this web address: https://nycabsentee.com/
You’ll be asked to complete a form and will need to give a reason for requesting an absentee ballot. The NYC Campaign Finance Board recommends you check the box that says “Temporary illness or disability”. Even if you’re not sick or disabled, this option will cover anyone who is concerned about getting sick by voting in person. Keep in mind this is only applicable this year due to the pandemic.
Be sure to request your absentee ballot before the deadline of October 27th! You’ll need to mail your ballot back ASAP or drop it off at your county Board of Elections office.
What’s The Deal With Early Voting?
Early voting is of particular interest this year. In order to prevent crowding at socially distanced polls, you’ll have the option to vote early. Early voting starts 10 days before the election (October 24th) and generally has shorter wait times. Last election, only 6% of registered voters chose to vote early, and although those numbers will probably be higher this year, there’s still a good chance they’ll be less traffic than on election day.
Want to find your early voting location? Simply follow this link.
How Do I Vote In Person?
You can still vote in-person on election day. Keep in mind that additional precautions will be in place, which means it’ll probably take a little longer to vote this time around. You’ll need to do all the smart, simple things like wearing a mask and social distancing.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? That’s okay. You can follow this link to register right now. It only takes a few minutes, and it'll ensure you have a voice in the future of our city, state, and country.