New York City has had some messed up election days in its recent past. September 11, 2001, was supposed to be the day for municipal primary elections. The general election in 2012 took place just a few days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn coast and the Rockaways.
But Tuesday’s voting might take the cake. New Yorkers are still getting used to voting in June; more accurately, most voters are getting used to not voting in June: turnout in the June 2018 primaries was abysmal.
This year presents an array of new variables: the COVID-related concerns about in-person voting, the wide availability of absentee voting and the delays in getting those ballots out and the still novel existence of early voting, all amid an energized discourse around race and justice. Trying to predict how many will vote, what factions or communities will come out, and whom they will support is a fool’s game.
As always, of course, now it’s up to the voters. Here are the basics:
The polls are open until 9 p.m. To find your polling place, search by address here. You can also see a sample ballot there. Be sure to check that ballot: Depending on your party affiliation, you might have lots of races to weigh in on, or no chance to vote at all.
Use the City Limits/Gotham Gazette/WNYC/Gothamist voters’ guide to learn who’s running for Congress, State Senate, Assembly and Queens borough president.
Use City Limits’ judicial voters’ guide to see who’s running to become a judge.