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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.

Public Offices That Appear 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

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.

Making the Polls Accessible

The Board has made a concerted effort to increase the polling place accessibility for senior citizens and handicapped voters by removing physical barriers to the voting area at New York City polling sites.

The effort includes:

Public Partisan Offices

  • Installation of curb cuts to assist voters with wheelchairs in gaining access from street level.
  • Construction of building ramps or temporary ramps for voters with canes or wheelchairs.
  • Miscellaneous repairs to doors, handrails, light fixtures, and walkways.

In some cases, polling places have been relocated to more accessible buildings within the same Election District. 99% of all city polling sites are now barrier free, however, problems remain at some sites. If you feel that your site is inaccessible, call the Voter Registration Unit of your local Borough office for information.