With exactly two weeks left until the May 5 special election for the 11th Congressional District seat, it’s time to start thinking about who to vote for, how to vote, when to vote, and whether you’ll need to fill out an absentee ballot.
The district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Southern Brooklyn, was left vacant in January when Congressman Michael Grimm resigned after pleading guilty to tax fraud. To find out if you live in the 11th district, click here.
Running on the Republican ticket is Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. Councilman Vincent Gentile is running as the Democratic candidate. James Lane is running for the Green Party. Still undecided? Read our coverage of the last two debates here and here.
In the meantime, here are some important dates to keep in mind:
April 25 is the last day to register in-person to vote in the 2015 special election. The Board of Elections office at 32 Broadway, 7th Floor, will be open until midnight on April 25th to receive registrations. If you have a valid driver’s license you can also register to vote here.
April 28th is the last day a written request for an absentee ballot application can be postmarked. Application forms can also be downloaded here.
May 4 is the last day an absentee ballot for the special election can be postmarked. It must be received by the Board of Elections by May 12.
May 4 is the last day to personally deliver an absentee ballot application to the borough office.
May 5 is Election Day! Click here to find a polling site in your area.
PLEASE NOTE: If a voter, registered in New York City, moves within the city and failed to reregister his or her new address before the cutoff date of April 15, or if a voter moves with the city after the deadline to register, he/she should go to his new polling site on Election Day and vote by an affidavit Ballot, since his/her name will not appear in the voter registration list.
For more information, visit the Board of Elections website.