New York City’s primary election is June 22, but believe it or not, the voting actually begins in just a few days. There’s early voting this year, from June 12 to June 20, although you still have the option of casting your ballot on election day, if you choose to do so.
Citywide the hotly contested mayoral election is stealing most of the attention, but here on the Lower East Side the campaign to succeed Margaret Chin as the District 1 City Council member is the local race to watch.
There are nine candidates, appearing on your ballot in the following order: Christopher Marte, Gigi Li, Sean Hayes, Maud Maron, Tiffany Johnson-Winbush, Susan Lee, Denny Salas, Susan Damplo and Jenny Low.
If you would like to vote early, you can look up your polling site and access a sample ballot here. For Lower East Side residents, it’s JHS 56, located at 220 Henry St. Keep in mind, your election day polling site is very likely different. Also remember that New York has ranked choice voting for the first time. You can learn more about how it works here.
Finally, you can request an absentee ballot, but you need to do it by June 15.
In addition to choosing the next mayor and City Council member, voters will be asked to pick a number of citywide and borough-wide office holders, including district attorney, borough president, public advocate and city comptroller.