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How are NYC Mayoral Election ballots? What's the meaning of each question?

While the vote takes place for the new New York mayor, there are a host of other proposals on the ballot to vote on as well.

People walk by a fire house as New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa speaks to the media on November 01, 2021 in New York City.
Spencer PlattAFP

In-person voting begins on November 2 to determine the new mayor of New York City. The New York board of elections has set up a website that tells you where your nearest poll site is, making it as easy as possible to get out and vote. Polls are open from 6am to 9pm, giving you a 15-hour window to get your vote in.

And alongside the pivotal vote, there are five extra proposals that are being put to the people that should have a big effect on New Yorkers' lives.

It is proving to be a big week for local elections, as Virginia and New Jersey residents are voting on new governors for their states.

The proposals

Proposal 1: Apportionment and Redistricting

Voters will be asked to approve a number of changes to the state’s legislative redistricting process which is underway following the latest census count. These proposals include freezing the number of NY Senate districts at 63 and making several changes to the redistricting approval process for congress and the state legislature.

Proposal 2: Right to Clean Air and Water

This measure would add "right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment” to the state bill of rights. The change would potentially help New Yorkers seeking legal action related to polluted air and water.

The US already has the federal Clean Air Act, but this amendment would further solidify that protection.

Proposal 3: Same-Day Voter Registration

Voting "yes" on this proposal means you want to do away with a requirement that New Yorkers register to vote no later than ten days before an election.

This would support the Democrat pledge to further protect the freedom to vote, flying in the face of Republican opposition that is trying to restrict who can vote in the US.

Proposal 4: No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting

The amendment would get rid of the requirement that voters provide a reason for voting by absentee ballot.

Proposal 5: NYC Civil Court

This amendment would expand the jurisdiction of NYC’s civil court by allowing the court to hear and make decisions on claims up to $50,000. The current maximum is $25,000.

The proposal only impacts NYC but since it’s an amendment to the state constitution it will have larger ramifications outside the city.


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