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All About Your NYC Election Ballot: Put a Stamp On It. Or Two?

Early voting ends this Sunday — Halloween — and Election Day, which is merely the final day to cast a ballot, is next Tuesday, Nov. 2. We’re answering some last-minute questions from readers about ballots.

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Who’s Got Competition in the City Council? Look Up Who’s Running in Your District

We broke down the closest City Council races ahead of the general election on Nov. 2 — and mapped who will be on the ballot in your neighborhood.

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Find the City Council Candidates Running to Represent Your Neighborhood

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Who’s on the Ballot for NYC Mayor in November? It’s More Than Adams and Sliwa.

Seven other candidates will appear on the ballot with the Democrat and Republican, while the influential Working Families Party declined to use its line or endorse anyone. Here’s your guide to the race.

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Most Borough Presidents Races Still Too Close to Call, Latest Preliminary Count Shows

Mark Murphy appears to be far ahead in the Staten Island Democratic primary. But all the rest of the contests across the city likely will hinge on yet-to-be tabulated absentee ballots, ranked-choice figures the Board of Elections released late Friday indicate.

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As Primary Comes Down to Absentee Ballots, Here’s Where They’re Coming From

Eric Adams is ahead by about 15,000 in-person votes after first-ranked choice vote tabulations. But Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley stand to benefit greatly from 125,000 outstanding Democratic absentee ballots, our analysis found.

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Board of Election Vote-Count Bungle Could’ve Been Avoided, Consultant Says

The troubled agency’s reluctance to collaborate or listen to outside experts began long before staffers screwed up the mayoral primary by neglecting to remove 135,000 test ballots, an examination by THE CITY reveals.

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Garcia Closes in on Adams After Preliminary Mayoral Count Re-Do — But Race is Far from Over

A day after the Board of Elections bungled its initial ranked choice voting tabulations, new numbers showed Eric Adams leading Kathryn Garcia by about 15,000 votes. But 125,000 uncounted absentee ballots could make the difference — and even keep Maya Wiley in the game.

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Lander’s Lead Slips in Comptroller Race as Early Ranked-Choice Tally Boosts Johnson

Just over 21,000 votes separate the top two finishers in the Democratic primary to be New York City’s fiscal watchdog — down from 64,000 in an initial count last week. With 125,000 absentee ballots remaining, it’s still too soon to declare a winner.

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Rankled Choice: Voting Experts Say BOE Rushed Into Releasing Preliminary Results

The snafu that led to the city Board of Elections pulling the tally Tuesday could have been avoided, experts say. Now some worry that the disaster will sully the ranked choice voting system, which supporters say make for fairer elections.

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BOE Woe: City Election Officials Have History of Mess-Ups

Notoriously inept and consistently opaque, the Board of Elections has long been a source of municipal embarrassment. Critics say it’s a throwback to the days when political parties had total control of New York City’s government.

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Weeks From Pivotal Primary, Still No Software to Count Ranked Choice Votes

Crucial tallying platform is at least two weeks away from state approval with early voting set to start June 12. Meanwhile, the city Board of Elections has not committed to releasing detailed local results.

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The NYC Mayoral Ballot Name Game: From Adams to Yang, Will Order Count?

Candidates face a lottery Thursday for ballot positioning — all the more important this year because of crowded races, ranked choice and absentee voting.

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How to Get an Absentee Ballot for New York City’s June 22 Primary

Who can request a ballot? What are the deadlines? How do you return the ballot? Good questions. Here’s what you need to know.

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Queens Ranked-Choice Vote Count Slogs in Special Election, With Key Decisions Yet to Come in High-Stakes Year

Piles of paper ballots must go through a hand count for want of a software system still held up by state officials. How results will be disclosed is also undetermined.

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Party Crashers: Push Grows to Extend NYC Voters’ Party-Switch Deadline to May

Supporters of moving the deadline to May 28 would help more voters participate in the June 22 mayoral primary. But some Democrats see the bid as an incursions.

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When Is the Deadline for New York Voters to Switch Party Registration Before June’s Primary? Cuomo Jumps in Amid Confusion

State law says Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is the last day to change parties. After THE CITY revealed dueling state and city deadlines, the governor extended the date to Tuesday.

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How Does Ranked Choice Voting Work in New York City?

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What You Need to Know Now About the 2021 Elections in New York City

Feeling lost already? Here are the basics about who is running for what, what’s at stake and other essentials to help New Yorkers follow the staggering election season unfolding this year.

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Embattled Board of Elections Counts on Quickly Finding Firm to Handle Ranked-Choice Voting

The first test of ranked-choice voting is set for February. But some want to push off the new ballot system until after this year’s crucial citywide elections, citing voter confusion and BOE bungling.