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June Primary Voting Prep: Do You Know Where to Cast Your Ballot?

New polling sites, what to know about absentee ballots and more redistricting drama in the Assembly (maybe).

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A Bronx resident fills out an affidavit ballot ahead of casting her vote, Nov. 3, 2020.

Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

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It’s nearly time to go back to the polls. Early voting begins this Saturday, June 18, for governor, lieutenant governor and Assembly primary races.

Do you know where you’ll cast your ballot?

It might be at Hudson Yards. Or the New York York Hall of Science.

They’re both new on the list of 2022 early vote sites, with 140 locations in total. This year, New Yorkers will vote at a yeshiva in Sheepshead Bay, a catering hall in Dyker Heights, an art gallery on Roosevelt Island and Antun’s, a wedding venue in Queens Village, among other more traditional spots like schools, colleges and community centers.

Check your voting site with the Board of Elections address look-up tool, and take note that your early voting site may be different from your voting site for Primary Day, on June 28.

The New York Hall of Science in Queens will serve as an early voting site for the 2022 primary election. May 14, 2022.

Nandani Bridglal/Shutterstock

Early voting will run from June 18 to June 26. Here are the city’s early voting polling station hours.

Here’s what else you need to know before voting begins this weekend:

Absentee Ballots

If you are unable to vote in person, Monday, June 13 was the last day to request an absentee ballot online for this month’s primary election. Here’s more information about how to do that, and how to pick up an absentee ballot in person if you missed the online application deadline.

Be aware: The law has changed around whether you can vote in person if you got your absentee ballot already.

In previous years, even if you requested an absentee ballot, you could change your mind and vote in person instead, on a machine, no problem. This year, anyone who applies for an absentee ballot will not be able to vote on a machine in person. Instead, you’ll be given an affidavit ballot.

Here’s more on that change, from WNYC: Planning to apply for an absentee ballot? You’d better ‘think twice.’

Who’s Running?

We’ve got two primary elections this summer.

In August, we’ll vote for representatives in Congress and the State Senate. But first, this month’s primary will apply to the following offices:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant governor
  • State Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may also see a few other offices come up on your ballot, including Civil Court judges, district leaders or delegates to the judicial convention.

THE CITY wrote about the four Civil Court primaries happening this month in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens — and why, with 21 Civil Court vacancies, there are so few competitive judge races.

Read up: Few Choices for Civil Court Judges: 21 Vacancies and Just Four Primary Races

To check exactly what will be on your ballot, look up your sample ballot from the Board of Elections. Enter your address here, click “Find My Site,” then click the dark blue box that says “View Sample Ballot.” The tool gives you a list of all the candidates and offices that will appear when you go to vote.

About Those Assembly Lines…

There’s more redistricting news brewing. Maybe.

As you’ll recall, the political boundaries for congressional and State Senate districts were struck down by a court and redrawn earlier this spring — but the Assembly lines remained intact.

That remains true, as of this writing. But there’s a wrinkle.

A lawsuit challenging the Assembly districts scored a win on Friday when an appellate court ruled them unconstitutional and ordered them to be redrawn by a special master, same as what happened with Congress and the State Senate.

However, the court said that the current Assembly lines will remain in effect for the 2022 elections — and whatever redrawing and redoing of the maps will be relevant in the 2024 elections, not now.

Got it? So, the Assembly lines are unconstitutional. But candidates are going to run for those districts in the primary and general election anyway. OK!

Of course, this is all subject to change if the Court of Appeals — New York’s highest court — makes a different ruling in time to affect the primary. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, in case you missed it: Check to see if you’ve been redistricted with our map of all the new districts, and how they compare to the old political lines.

What Else We’re Reading

  • Our partners at NYS Focus found that Gov. Kathy Hochul is finally complying with campaign finance laws around donor disclosures — and the records show her biggest donors are people in the state’s nursing home industry.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on a pivotal gun control case challenging a New York law. THE CITY looked into how local leaders may continue to rein in firearm use in public places, even if the justices rule against the state.
  • One thing you may have missed from the Albany session: Lawmakers failed to move on reforms to the city’s Board of Elections, according to reporting from Gotham Gazette.

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