Guide to NYC ElectionsPublic Offices That Appears on New York City Ballots
Public Partisan Offices
President and Vice President of the United States
United States Senators
Members of the House of Representatives
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York State
State Attorney General
Mayor of New York City
City Council Members
State Supreme Court Judges
Civil Court Judges
Special Elections to fill City Council vacancies
Primary and General Elections Primary Elections are held so that voters registered with a qualified
political party may select their party's nominees to the general election
for partisan offices. Because a primary is a party election, only voters
registered with one of the parties qualified to conduct a primary in New
York City may vote in their party's primary.
General Elections are held to elect candidates to public offices. For
partisan offices, nominees from the party primary elections appear on
the ballot, along with independent candidates.
Proposals and Referendum Measures The State Legislature and/ or City Council can place Proposals, Questions, and Referendum measures on the ballot for New York City voters to adopt a change in the State Constitution, change a law or approve the expenditure of funds without legislative actions. In addition, a Measure can be placed on the ballot if it meets certain legal requirements and if proponents show public support by collecting signatures of at least five percent (5%) of the city's registered voters.