Elections 2023: What to Know

On November 7, 2023, New Yorkers will vote in the next general election. This year, the entire City Council is up for reelection. New Yorkers will also vote for the District Attorney in the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island and Civil Court positions and ballot proposals.

The deadline to update your address or request an absentee ballot online or by mail is Monday, October 23rd. The deadline to register to vote is Saturday, October 28th. 

Early voting will run from Saturday, October 28th to Sunday, November 5th. To find your early voting and Election Day polling location, click here. Absentee ballots must be returned to poll sites or postmarked by Election Day and received by Tuesday, November 14th. 

The two statewide ballot proposals are amendments to the State Constitution. The first ballot proposal is to remove the constitutional debt limit on small city school districts. “Small cities” have less than 125,000 people. If the proposal passes, these school districts would be provided with the same flexibility as other school districts and will not be limited in spending to improve schools and provide for the needs of students. Larger school districts do not have a specific debt limit within the State Constitution. 

The second ballot proposal extends the authority of counties, cities, villages, and towns to remove sewage facilities’ construction costs from their constitutional debt limits. If approved, the exception for sewage facilities would be extended to January 1, 2034, and spending on sewage facilities would not be part of the amount of debt allowed across the state for those ten years. 

Please note that this election will not use ranked-choice voting, as ranked-choice voting is used in primary and special elections, not the general election. 

By: Veronica Rose (Veronica is the Editor of CityLand and a New York Law School graduate, Class of 2018.)



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