Election 2020

Democracy is not a state. It is an act. - Rep. John Lewis

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is committed to providing our community with resources and opportunities to allow you to successfully participate in the 2020 election. Whether you have questions about how to vote, are looking to learn more about critical issues in this election, or want to help get out the vote, you can find the information you need here. Use this guide to learn more about registering to vote, submitting your vote, important deadlines, and FAQs.

2020 Election Voting Checklist

Important updates for NYC voters:

1. There have been reports of voters in Brooklyn and Queens receiving absentee ballots with errors, such as ballots with the wrong name and address. If you have requested an absentee ballot, please check the name on the envelope and do not use that ballot. The NYC Board of Elections is automatically mailing reprinted ballots to all potentially impacted voters. You can also email or call the BOE ASAP: apply4Absentee@boe.nyc or 1-866-VOTE-NYC. 

2. All absentee ballots say “Official Absentee Military Ballot” in the top corner. This is the correct ballot, even if you are not serving in the military. You can vote with this ballot. 

New York Deadlines

Resources

PROGRAMS

FAQs


NEW YORK DEADLINES

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • It is too late to register or request an absentee ballot. If you have not requested a ballot, you can still vote early or in person at your poll sites.
  • To submit your absentee ballot by mail, it must receive a postmark of no later than November 3. The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing your completed ballot at least seven days before the election. To be safe, we encourage you to submit your ballot by mail by October 29. 
  • The early voting period runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020, to Sunday, November 1, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. (*See below for more details.)
  • You may drop off your absentee ballot at a poll site drop box on November 3 by 9 pm or at any early voting poll site in your registered borough between October 24 and November 1. You may also drop off ballots for other people.

RESOURCES

How do I register to vote? Click here.

How do I check if/where I am registered? Click here.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot in New York?
Fill out an application here for those who live elsewhere.

Planning on voting in person? Find your polling place.

Planning on voting early? Find your early voting polling place here.


PROGRAMS

Text Climate-Concerned Voters to Get Out the Vote with Dayenu
Monday, Nov 1
Tuesday, Nov 2

Election Debrief with Jami Floyd + Guests
Wed, Nov 4
 


FAQs

Important updates for NYC voters: 

1. There have been reports of voters in Brooklyn and Queens receiving absentee ballots with errors, such as ballots with the wrong name and address. If you have requested an absentee ballot, please check the name on the envelope and do not use that ballot. The NYC Board of Elections is automatically mailing reprinted ballots to all potentially impacted voters. You can also email or call the BOE ASAP: apply4Absentee@boe.nyc or 1-866-VOTE-NYC. 

2. All absentee ballots say "Official Absentee Military Ballot" in the top corner. This is the correct ballot, even if you are not serving in the military. You can vote with this ballot. 

Who can apply for an absentee ballot?
Anyone! Governor Cuomo has signed a bill allowing all voters to request absentee ballots, citing the risk of contracting or spreading an illness.

If I request, have received, or submit my absentee ballot, can I still vote in person?
Yes! If you change your mind, you can still vote at your assigned polling place. Casting a ballot in person always overrides your absentee ballot.

What's the difference between mail-in voting and absentee voting?
They are essentially the same thing. The main difference is that for absentee voting, individuals need to request a ballot. Generally speaking, for mail-in voting, states automatically send all registered voters an absentee ballot. In New York, you must apply for an absentee ballot.

Can I check on the status of my absentee ballot application and track my absentee ballot after I submit it?
Yes, you can do so here.

What is early voting?
If you want to vote in person, you don’t have to wait until Election Day. You can vote from  October 24 to November 1. This will also reduce waiting times for voters on Election Day. 

Do I have to mail in my absentee ballot?
While mailing is a great option if you are concerned about COVID-19 or are busy, in an effort to reduce the burden on the USPS, New York will now allow voters to drop off their absentee ballot at poll site drop boxes on November 3 by 9 pm or at early voting poll sites between October 24 and November 1.

Do I need to bring an ID to my polling place?

  • If you've voted in New York before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of your ID with your registration, you may need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote with an affidavit ballot. Click here for more information.

I’m not 18 yet—can I still register to vote?
16- and 17-year-olds can pre-register, so you’ll be automatically registered when you turn 18.

How do I submit my absentee ballot?
You may return the ballot in any of the following ways:

  1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark of no later than November 3. The earlier the better—the U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing your completed ballot at least seven days before the election. To be safe, we encourage you to submit your ballot by mail by October 29.
  2. Bring it to the County Board of Elections Office no later than November 3.
  3. Bring it to an early voting poll site between October 24 and November 1.
  4. Bring it to a poll site on November 3.
    https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html
     

Important notes:

  • The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID.
  • *New York has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, November 3. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.
    https://www.headcount.org/state/new-york/
     

Find your early voting polling site here.
https://www.ny.gov/early-voting-new-york

Need additional help?
Our own team of JCC Engage volunteers, trained by the League of Women Voters, is ready to answer all your voting questions, including those about requesting and completing an absentee ballot, early voting, polling locations, and upcoming deadlines. Call or email the JCC voter help desk at voterhelpdesk@mmjccm.org or 646.363.6239.

I heard there is a shortage of poll workers--can I help out on Election Day as a poll worker?
Yes! Fill out an application here.

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan does not endorse any political party or candidate. We support and encourage all to participate in our democratic right to vote.

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