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What do I need to vote in NYC Mayoral Election? Documents, ID...

The race to become the next Mayor of New York City comes to a head on Tuesday as millions of residents cast their vote for Mayor De Blasio's replacement.

Update:
The race to become the next Mayor of New York City reaches a crescendo on Tuesday as millions of residents cast their vote for Mayor De Blasio's replacement.
BRENDAN MCDERMIDREUTERS

Monday, 1 November was the last full day of campaigning for the final two candidates in the New York City mayoral race, with Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa visiting all five boroughs for the final push.

That late effort could be particularly telling in this election because just 3.4% of eligible voters, roughly one in 30 people, have opted to take advantage of early voting. This means that the vast majority of New Yorkers will be casting their ballots on Election Day itself; Tuesday, 2 November.

Do you need to bring ID to vote in the New York mayoral race?

Most people will not be required to show any form of identification when casting their vote in the New York City mayoral elections, but there are some exceptions. If you did not provide ID when registering to vote you will be required to bring proof of identity.

If you are unable to present ID on Election Day you can still cast your vote by affidavit ballot. This can also be utilised by people who have recently moved house and haven’t updated their information, in which case the elections board may not have your details on file. After Election Day the complete list of affidavit votes is circulated around the districts to ensure that no one voted more than once.

The following forms of ID will be accepted:

  • Driver's license number
  • Non-driver's ID number
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Valid photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check or paycheck
  • Government document displaying your name and address

How can I vote in the New York City mayoral election?

The period for early voting ran from 23 – 31 October so that opportunity has now passed. However you are still able to request an absentee ballot in-person until the end of Monday, 1 November. To do so, follow advice on New York City Absentee Ballot Request.

If you already have a mail-in ballot you must make sure your ballot is postmarked no later than Tuesday, 2 November and received by the Board of Elections by Tuesday, 9 November. There is also an online portal to Track Your Absentee Ballot.

However the majority of New Yorkers will be casting their vote in person on Election Day and will have to Find Your Polling Site. Bear in mind, this can be different to the location of your polling station in the past and can even differ from your early voting site in some instances.

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