Welcome to the Citizens Union 2016 General Election Voters Directory online!
This Tuesday, November 8th, New Yorkers will vote in the general election to select candidates running for federal and state office.
To help our Citizens Union members prepare to vote in the upcoming general election, we bring you our 2016 General Election Voters Directory. The Voters Directory provides:
- An overview of the 2016 elections, including voting and registration information and listings of every contest for all races that will be on the ballot in New York City on November 8th, 2016.
- A roster of Citizens Union’s endorsed candidates for the state legislature in several key districts, and information about the rigorous evaluation process and assessments of candidates.
- A report on candidates running unopposed for seats in the NYS Legislature.
- A report on special elections and open seats.
To learn more about our evaluation principles and process click here.
Our past preference and endorsement decisions are also available.
Have questions about voting and registration? Find information here.
This Voters Directory would not be possible without the hard work of members of the Citizens Union Board of Directors, Local Candidates Committee (LCC), staff and our summer interns.
38 Volunteer LCC members, 4 interns, and 6 staff members formed nonpartisan interview teams and evaluated 13 candidates in 7 races for State Senate and Assembly races. We also secured the answers to our questionnaire from many more candidates. We thank them for contributing their time, energy, expertise and commitment this summer to interviewing and evaluating candidates.
EVALUATED RACES FOR STATE LEGISLATURE – NEW YORK CITY
Manhattan General Election – Senate
Senate District 27 – Brad Hoylman endorsed
Manhattan General Election – Assembly
Assembly District 65 – Yuh-Line Niou endorsed
Assembly District 70 – No endorsement given
Assembly District 73– Dan Quart endorsed
Queens General Election – Senate
Senate District 15 – Joseph Addabbo Jr. endorsed
Senate District 16 – Toby Ann Stavisky endorsed
Queens General Election – Assembly
Assembly District 30 – No endorsement given
REGISTERING TO VOTE
You are eligible to vote in municipal, federal and state elections if you are:
- 18 years of age (on the date of the election. You can register at 17 if you will be 18 before the election – Send your voter registration card in the year you turn 18 and it will be filed on your 18th birthday);
- United States citizen; AND
- Registered to vote 25 days before the election.
To vote in a party primary:
- You must be a registered member of that party.
- You cannot change your party registration to vote in a primary during that same year.
- Party registration changes must be filed 25 days before the previous year’s General Election.
APPLYING FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION
You may vote by absentee ballot if you are:
- absent from New York City (or your county, if you live outside of New York City) on Election Day;
- ill or disabled, or serve as primary caregiver for an ill or disabled individual;
- a patient or inmate in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital; OR
- detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or are confined in prison for an offense other than a felony.
Deadlines for absentee ballot applications and submissions are as follows:
- Mail your Absentee Ballot Application or Letter of Application by Tuesday, November 1st.
- Apply for an Absentee Ballot in Person at your local county board of elections office by Monday, November 7th.
- Mail in your Absentee Ballot with a postmark by Monday, November 7th – it also must be received by the local board of elections no later than November 21st.
- Drop off your Absentee Ballot by Tuesday, November 8th to your local board of elections office – a friend or relative can drop it off.
TO OBTAIN A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM OR ABSENTEE BALLOT:
Go in person to your local county Board of Elections office;
- Call the Board of Elections at 866-VOTE-NYC; or
- Visit the Board of Elections website at http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/voters.shtml
VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you have general questions regarding eligibility or the location of your polling place, please call 1-866-VOTE-NYC. You can also locate your polling place online, including handicap entrances, at https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search
Under federal law, if you are disabled and choose to vote in person rather than by absentee ballot, you are entitled to assistance. You can rely on the election employees for help.
At the polls, if you are not on the voter registration list, it may be because your registration form was not received in time or was filled out incorrectly. If you believe that you are eligible to vote, you can still vote by requesting an affidavit ballot. After the election, the Board of Elections will check its records and your vote will be counted if you are indeed eligible.
CASTING YOUR BALLOT
Paper ballots will be used for casting votes, which can be marked using either a pen or a ballot marking device (BMD) as described below. Ballots are counted after they are inserted into an electronic scanner. The scanner will then be used to count the votes after the polling place has closed at the end of Election Day. A bin attached to the scanner will capture and keep the paper ballots as a record of all votes. This new process began in 2010 with New York’s adoption of a new voting system to meet federal accessibility requirements.
The new process works as follows:
- Enter the poll site, sign in, and receive your paper ballot from the poll worker.
- Mark your ballot through one of two means:
- Go to a privacy booth and fill out your ballot with a pen by marking the appropriate ovals; or
- Use a Ballot Marking Device (BMD), which is available for those who are in need of assistance (see below for more information).
- Once done, place your ballot in the privacy sleeve, proceed to the scanner area, and insert the marked ballot into the scanner to cast your vote. You ballot can be inserted in any direction.
- If you make a mistake you can request a new ballot. If you mark your ballot incorrectly by marking more choices for one contest than you are supposed to, the scanner will notify you of an “overvote.” To have your vote count, you must obtain a new ballot and mark your choices correctly before submitting your ballot.
LINKS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CANDIDATES AND ISSUES