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Tomorrow is first day of early voting in NY's primary races: Here's what voters can expect

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Fri, Jun 14th 2024 12:30 pm

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Tomorrow is the first day of early voting in New York and the only day unregistered New Yorkers can register to vote at a poll site and cast their ballot on the same day. This "Golden Day" happened thanks to advocates who fought to change the voter registration deadline from 25 days to 10 days before an election – which establishes just one day when New Yorkers can both register and vote in-person.

Early voting begins Saturday, June 15, and ends Sunday, June 23. Election Day is Tuesday, June 25. New York state's primaries are closed, meaning that only individuals registered with a political party can vote in that party's primary election. Depending on where they are registered, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote for candidates for Congress, New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, and judges.

Find your early voting poll site here.

"Common Cause New York encourages all New Yorkers who can do so to get out the early vote and take advantage of Saturday's ‘Golden Day’ if they still need to register. Early voting gives voters a chance to cast their ballots on their own schedule. It's a win-win and we hope all New Yorkers get out there and vote early," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.

Before heading to vote, Common Cause/NY encourages all voters to familiarize themselves with their rights, and to report any misconduct to 886-OUR-VOTE, a national election protection hotline. Here's what to know:

•Trusted election officials are counting and verifying every ballot to ensure that every vote is counted. Our election system is safe and secure and follows the law.

•Do not leave your poll site without casting your ballot, whether that means placing it into a scanner or voting by affidavit ballot (also known as a provisional ballot)!

•When in doubt, call 1-866-OURVOTE: a free hotline of legal personnel can talk you through it. Spanish, Arabic and Asian languages support are also available via the election protection website.

•Thanks to recent legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Hochul, New Yorkers have the opportunity to vote by mail. The deadline to postmark these ballots is June 15. Voters can track their ballot once they have requested one here.

•You have the right to vote free of harassment. No matter who asks, you never need to show an ID in order to vote if you've voted in New York before. If someone asks for your ID, no matter who it is, simply let them know that you are not required to show ID in New York, except in limited circumstances for first-time voters.

•Due to a change in election law, New Yorkers can no longer cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have been sent an absentee or vote by mail ballot and then decide to vote in-person. Voters will be directed to vote via affidavit ballot instead.

•Voters can expect to know the final results in the next few weeks:

√ Election night results will include all ballots cast on Election Day and during early voting, as well as valid absentee and vote by mail ballots that have been received throughout early voting.

√ However, election night results are not complete. The deadline for receipt of absentee and vote by mail ballots postmarked no later than June 25 is Tuesday, July 2. These ballots will continue to be counted as they are received.

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