Upcoming Election Guide for New Yorkers

October 20, 2021

Photo courtesy of The City

Not only will this year’s general election determine New York City’s new mayor, comptroller, and borough presidents but, due to term limits, the bulk of the City Council is changing as well. And unlike in the June primary, the general election does not use ranked-choice voting; as such, there will be no listed preference involved – voters just need to choose 1 person per office. Here is a look at all of the key details New Yorkers should know as we head into the election. 

Key Dates

  • October 18th – this is the last day to request an absentee ballot online or by mail 
  • October 3rd to October 31st –  this is the early voting period 
  • November 1st – this is the last day to request an absentee ballot in person
  • November 2nd – this is the last day to postmark or deliver absentee ballots in person
    • Election Day – polls are open from 6am to 9pm 

Polling Site Locations: follow this link to find both early voting poll sites and Election Day poll sites, which may differ 

Debate Dates 

  • Public Advocate Debate
    • Devi Nampiaparampil v. Jumaane Williams
    • Tuesday, October 19th from 7pm-8pm
    • Broadcasted on Spectrum News NY1 
  • Mayoral Debate 1 
    • Eric Adams v. Curtis Sliwa
    • Wednesday, October 20th from 7pm-8pm
    • Broadcasted on WNBC-TV and Telemundo 
  • Mayoral Debate 2 
    • Eric Adams v. Curtis Sliwa
    • Tuesday, October 26th from 7pm-8pm
    • Broadcasted on WABC-TV, Univision 41 Nueva York, and 1010-WINS

The Ballot

  • Follow this link to find your personalized sample ballot 
  • Follow this link to read about what city offices do 

Ballot Proposals 

  • This year, there will be 5 ballot proposals that will change the New York State Constitution. Broadly, the measures will focus on:
  1. Redistricting 
  2. Environmental Rights
  3. Elections & Voting
  4. Elections & Voting
  5. Civil Court’s Claim Limit 
  • Follow this link to find out more about proposal details. 

Who is Running:

For Mayor 

For Borough President

  • Bronx 
    • Democratic – Vanessa L. Gibson
    • Republican – Janelle King
    • Conservative – Sammy Ravelo
  • Brooklyn
    • Democratic – Antonio Reynoso
    • Republican/Conservative – Menachem M. Raitport 
    • Voices for Change – Shanduke L. McPhatter
    • Rent Is 2 Damn High – Anthony T. Jones
  • Manhattan
    • Democratic – Mark D. Levine
    • Republican – Louis Puliafito
    • Libertarian – Michael Lewyn
  • Queens
    • Democratic – Donovan J. Richards Jr.
    • Republican/Save Our City – Thomas J. Zmich
    • Conservative – Thomas J. Zmich
  • Staten Island 
    • Democratic – Mark S. Murphy
    • Republican – Vito Fossella
    • Conservative – Leticia M. Remauro
    • Staten Island 1st – Mark S. Murphy

For Civil Court Judge

  • Follow this link to find all parties and independent bodies 

For City Comptroller

  • Democratic – Brad Lander
  • Republican – Daby Benjamine Carreras
  • Conservative – Paul A. Rodriguez
  • Libertarian/Independent – John A. Tabacco
  • Save Our City – Daby Benjamine Carreras

For Public Advocate

  • Democratic – Jumaane D. Williams
  • Republican/Save Our City – Dr. Devi Elizabeth Nampiaparampil
  • Conservative/Independent – Anthony L. Herbert
  • Libertarian – Devin W. Balkin 

For District Attorney 

  • Brooklyn
    • Democratic – Eric Gonzalez
  • Manhattan 
    • Democratic – Alvin Bragg
    • Republican – Thomas Kenniff

For City Council Member

  • Follow this link to find all City Council candidates 

Alert 1: Harlem residents may be voting in 2 special elections also taking place on November 2nd 

  • Harlem’s Senate District 30 seat was vacated by Brian Benjamin, as he became Governor Kathy Hochul’s lieutenant governor. Cordell Cleare has been nominated by the Manhattan Democratic Party to the special election ballot. 
  • Cordell Cleare will appear on the ballot with Oz Sultan (Republican Party) and Shana Harmongoff (“Hope 4 NY” Party) 

Alert 2: West Bronx residents may be voting in 2 special elections also taking place on November 2nd

  • The Bronx’s Assembly District 86 seat has been vacated by Assemblymember Victor Pichardo, as he resigned this summer. Yudelka Tapia (Democrat) is running unopposed in the special election. 

Winners will be announced on November 2nd. As long as no surprises arise, winners will be declared that evening – even if results are technically unofficial given there will be outstanding absentee ballots. 

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