Voting Made Simple in NYC

October 27th, 2018

The 2018 Midterm elections are on November 6th. This is your chance to make a difference and to have your voice heard. New to voting in NYC? Never voted before? Not even sure who you should vote for? No worries. New Yorkers love democracy, and we here at Stonehenge NYC think it’s important for everyone to have a chance to vote. Voting in the big city can be a little complicated, but we’re here to help you make things a simple as possible. Follow this handy guide and doing your civic duty will be a cinch! Registering: First things first. If you want to vote you need to be registered. The deadline to register to vote was October 12th, so you might have missed it. Shucks. How to prevent this in the future? Add the next election to your calendar now. shutterstock_518775937 Here’s the good news. There's a solid chance you're already registered to vote! Follow this handy link to find out. Not going to be in the city during the election? Not a problem. You can always cast an absentee vote. Do Your Research: So, you’re registered to vote but you’re not sure who you should vote for? Well, we can’t tell you who to vote for, but we can point you in the right direction. It's critical to do your research and decide which candidates will best represent your interests and values. While the 2018 midterms may not receive as much press as the Presidential election did, don’t let that prevent you from voting. All 435 U.S. House seats and 33 U.S. Senate seats are up for regular elections in the 2018 midterms. On the state level, seats in 87 of 99 state legislative chambers, plus 36 gubernatorial seats, 30 lieutenant gubernatorial seats, 30 attorney general seats, and 27 secretary of state seats are up for election. Combined, these offices impact your day to day life much more than the President does. shutterstock_1062070967 Want to skip all the heavy lifting and vote across the ticket? A helpful website called theSkimm can provide you with a breakdown of your ballot. Keep in mind this is only a guide to point you in the right direction. It's always best to do your own research! Ballotpedia is another great website to research your vote. They can show you how politicians have voted, what the key battlegrounds are, and even what your ballot will look like. Find Your Polling Place: New York has a ton of people, which means voting booths can get super busy. As a result you are required to vote at your designated polling place. That means that if you moved recently, you may need to vote in your old neighborhood. This useful link will tell you where your designated polling place is. Not sure which address to use? Check your driver's license of state issued ID. shutterstock_1047600688 Your polling place will also be noted on your voter registration card, which should have arrived by mail already. Didn’t get it? Check your junk mail or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692). Time To Vote: On November 6th, it’s time to get out to vote. Your polling place will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If you don’t have time to vote outside your usual working hours, state law requires that your employer grant you up to 2 hours of time off, at the start or end of your work day. Even better, they have to pay you while you vote. Just be sure to notify your employer at least two days before the election. shutterstock_435294154 When you get to your polling place, state workers will double-check that you’re in the right place before giving you a voter card, ballot, and a privacy sleeve. Now it’s time to vote. If you have any disabilities, trouble reading, or difficulty with English, you can bring along a friend or family member to assist you. Just be sure to let the poll workers know. NYC employs a ballot marking device that makes voting independently pretty darn easy. If you have any trouble, don’t hesitate to ask a poll worker for help. You’re Done, Congrats! Give yourself a pat on the back. You just participated in democracy, which is one of the most effective ways to shape your world. Now it’s time to relax and wait for the results to roll in. May the odds be ever in your favor.