decision 2019 guide

Election season is in full swing, and this voting guide will help you navigate all the big races and lead you to the right place and right dates to vote.

Many questions will be answered in the coming months by you, the voter. Spectrum News will be your place for all your election coverage.

Local Election News

  • May 31 — Last day to register in person or postmark a registration change to be eligible to vote in the primary election
  • June 5  — Last day for voters to update address registration to vote in primary
  • June 18 — Last day to postmark absentee voting for primary eleciton
  • June 25 — Primary election
  • October 11  — Last day to accept change of party enrollment before general election
  • October 16 — Last day for voters to update address for voter registration in general election
  • October 29 — Last day to postmark absentee voting for general election
  • November 5 — General election

In New York, there is a closed primary, which means voting is limited to registered party members. Primaries are state and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election for a political party to designate their candidates for each specific race. See key dates and deadlines listed above for when party registration updates are due.

— Check to see if you’re a registered voter

— Check your current party enrollment

— Online voter registration form

— Candidate and petition information

— View your polling place

To vote in New York, one must be a United States citizen who will be 18 years old by the date of the next election. Also, a voter must have been a resident of his or her state, county, city, or village for at least 30 days prior to the election. A voter can request a registration application in person at the county board of election or any New York state agency-based voter registration center. Forms are also available by mail, by telephone, or online.

If returned by mail, a registration form must be postmarked at least 25 days prior to the election. The form must then be received by election officials at least 20 days before the election. A registration done in person must be completed at least 25 days prior to the election, as well.

Live Updates From Your Lawmakers

Each year, bills are introduced by the thousands in Albany. Some pass one or both houses, some are debated in committee and on the floor, and others make it to the governor's desk.

Do you have an issue that's important to you? There is an online search tool so you can keep tabs on what your lawmakers are talking about — that way, you can be in the know.

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