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NYC General Election Prep: What to Know Before Heading to the Polls

New Yorkers will soon lock in their choices for new local leaders for mayor and more. Here’s your guide on your civic duty: key dates, getting a ballot, who’s running and New York’s — count ‘em — five ballot proposal questions.

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The Election Is Finally Over. What’s Next and How Did Three Ballot Proposals Fail?

Here’s the latest on the results, what the mayor-elect is up to now, what the heck happened with those ballot questions — and how New York’s political district lines will get drawn next year.

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Is There Big Money in Your NYC Neighborhood Election? Here’s How to Find Out

Local super PACs — including one backed by the world’s richest woman — are making independent expenditures to influence New York’s races. Take a close look at the next campaign flyer you get...

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How to Join a Community Board, and What to Know Before You Apply

They’re the entry level of local government, but what do community boards really do? And how are members chosen? It’s application season, so here’s a guide for anyone who wants to get involved.

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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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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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Watch the NYC Public Advocate Debate Ahead of the Election

Incumbent Democrat Jumaane Williams will face off against Republican Devi Nampiaparampil for the office that’s second in line to the mayor. More here on how to watch Tuesday at 7 p.m. — and what a public advocate does.

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Not Just the Mayor: NYC’s Other City- and Borough-Wide Seats in November’s Election

Sure, New Yorkers will choose a new mayor on Nov. 2, but there are other big city jobs up for grabs. Races for city comptroller, public advocate, five borough presidents and Manhattan district attorney are all on the ballot. Here’s a guide to who’s running.

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Find the City Council Candidates Running to Represent Your Neighborhood

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THE CITY Helps You Navigate the 2021 Elections

Here’s your guide to an ongoing series of posts with all you need to know about the races that could help shape New York City for years to come.

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Borough Presidents’ Offices Are Up for Grabs. Here’s Why NYC’s Mini-Mayors Matter

Here’s what you need to know about borough presidents and how they can help you. They’re more than just cheerleaders — ask former Brooklyn ‘Beep’ Marty Markowitz

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The Big Stories of 2022: What We’re Keeping an Eye On

New York gets a new mayor, a fresh City Council, new political district lines and a bunch of regulations for legal weed. Here’s what the headlines might be about in the new year.

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Politics in Surround Sound: The Double Speaker City Council Clash

A big shake-up in the governor’s race has rattled the field for attorney general — and could we have two City Council speakers? What’s going on? Find out in our latest Civic Newsroom report.

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New York on Track to Pass Environmental Rights Ballot Proposal as Voting Changes Get Shot Down

Voters appear to have enshrined environmental rights in the state Constitution. But early results show they may have nixed making it easier to vote and changing the redistricting process. Meanwhile, a measure to expand Civil Court cases seemed headed for an OK.

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Election Day Is Here for New York City. We’ve Got Your Last-Minute Voting Guide.

Don’t panic! Procrastinators, we’ve got you on ballot questions, City Council races and where to bring that absentee on the final day.

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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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What the Five Ballot Proposal Questions Mean for New Yorkers this November

The handful of ballot proposals being decided on Nov. 2 touch on the future of political representation in Albany, environmental rights for citizens, making it easier to vote and how New York’s civil court functions.

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Showing Up: Map of Mayoral Candidates’ Campaign Stops Highlights Value of Being There

Follow the leading four Democratic mayoral candidates as they vied for votes across the city — and see how their stumping paid off.

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When Will We Know Who Won the NYC Primary Election?

New Yorkers will have to be patient as we wait for primary results due largely to laws intended to ensure every vote is counted. Here’s what we’ll know on primary night and in the coming weeks.

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Lo Que Necesita Saber Sobre las Elecciones de 2021 a Defensor Público

¿Qué hace el defensor público de Nueva York? ¿Y quién desafía al actual defensor público, Jumaane Williams? Esto es lo que sabemos.