NYC Voter Guide To April 19 Primary & Special Elections



One week before New Yorkers make their voices heard in the 2016 presidential primary elections, NYC Votes released the official, nonpartisan NYC Voter Guide. NYC Votes, the voter engagement campaign of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), partnered with MapLight, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that tracks money in politics, to launch Voter’s Edge New York, an online guide to candidates on the ballot in New York City.

City voters registered in the Democratic or Republican Party will cast a ballot to select their candidate for president. These are closed primaries, which means you must be enrolled in a party to be eligible to vote in that party’s primary. Don’t be like Ivanka and Eric Trump, learn more about the party enrollment rules in New York and check your party enrollment status.


There will also be special elections to fill vacant seats in Assembly District 59 (Brooklyn), Assembly District 62 (Staten Island), and Assembly District 65 (Lower Manhattan). All voters who live in those districts can cast a vote for a new Assembly member. You do not need to belong to any political party to vote in the state special elections. These races are also covered in Voter’s Edge New York when voters enter an address that falls within one of the districts.


To use the tool, voters simply type in their home address to see a page with all of the contests that will appear on their ballot. The page is supplemented with information about the candidates, including endorsements, funding sources, editorials, news articles, summary information, and biographies.

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