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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
  • State Comptroller
  • State Senators
  • State Assembly
  • Mayor of New York City
  • Public Advocate
  • City Comptroller
  • Borough Presidents
  • City Council Members
  • District Attorneys
  • Surrogate Judges
  • State Supreme Court Judges
  • Civil Court Judges

Non-Partisan Offices 
  • 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.

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