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2014 Election Overview


In 2014, New Yorkers will decide among candidates to fill elected offices in the United States Congress, and in the executive and legislative branches of New York State government: Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, and representatives to the NYS Senate and Assembly.

As 2014 is a mid-term election year, the elections for New York State's two United States Senators and the President will not take place this year, rather will be held in 2016.

To review information about the 2014 elections, scroll through this page and the other pages in the Gotham Gazette Election Center, and read our Guide to the Last Minute Voter.

To find your polling place, visit the NYC Board of Elections' Poll Site Locator.

To learn about your current representatives, visit Who Represents Me? NYC.

Offices on the Ballot

Ballot Proposals

Important Dates

 

Offices on the Ballot

NYS Governor

NYS Lieutenant Governor

NYS Comptroller

NYS Attorney General

NYS Senators

  • All 63 districts of the New York State Senate are up for election in 2014, including the 27 districts which represent parts of New York City.

NYS Assembly Members

  • All 150 districts of the New York State Assembly are up for election in 2014, including the 66 districts which represent parts of New York City.

US Congressional Representatives

  • All 27 New York districts of the United States House of Representatives are up for election in 2014, including the 13 districts which represent parts of New York City.

NYS Judicial Candidates

* For more information about the most contested seats in the election, visit Gotham Gazette's Races to Watch page.

 

Ballot Proposals

In addition to voting for candidates, New Yorkers may also have the opportunity to vote on whether to amend specific provisions of the New York State Constitution via referenda, otherwise known as ballot proposals.

The NYS legislature (both the State Senate and Assembly) must vote for the proposals to appear on the ballot two years in a row. Then, the NYS Board of Elections must certify the language of the proposals - and their abstracts, or official summaries - by early August, 3 months before the General Election.

* For more information about this process and the specific proposals which will appear on the General Election ballot, visit Gotham Gazette's Ballot Proposals page.

 

Important Dates

Last Day to...

Federal Primary Election

June 24, 2014

(vote for candidate within your party for US Congress)

State Primary Election

September 9, 2014

(vote for candidates within your party for all NYS executive and legislative elected offices)

General Election

November 4, 2014

(vote for candidates across parties for US Congress AND all NYS offices)

Change party enrollment

October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

Register to vote - in person, by mail (postmark), or online with valid NYS driver's license

May 30, 2014

August 15, 2014

October 10, 2014

Apply for Military Ballot by mail - if not previously registered (receipt by BoE)

May 30, 2014

August 15, 2014

October 25, 2014

Re-register to vote after moving within NYC

June 4, 2014

August 20, 2014

October 15, 2014

Apply for Military Ballot by mail - if previously registered (receipt by BoE)

June 17, 2014

September 2, 2014

October 28, 2014

Apply for Absentee Ballot by mail (postmark)

June 17, 2014

September 2, 2014

October 28, 2014

Apply for Military Ballot in person - if previously registered

June 23, 2014

September 8, 2014

November 3, 2014

Apply for Absentee Ballot in person

June 23, 2014

September 8, 2014

November 3, 2014

Vote via Military Ballot by mail

June 23, 2104 (postmark) &

July 1, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

September 8, 2014 (postmark) &

September 16, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

November 3, 2104 (postmark) &

November 17, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

Vote via Absentee Ballot by mail

June 23, 2104 (postmark) &

July 1, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

September 8, 2014 (postmark) &

September 16, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

November 3, 2104 (postmark) &

November 11, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

Vote via Absentee Ballot in person

June 24, 2014

September 9, 2014

November 4, 2014

Vote at Polling Site

June 24, 2014

September 9, 2014

November 4, 2014

 

* For more information about registering to vote and getting involved in the political process, visit Gotham Gazette's Voter Registration page.


For additions or corrections, please contact Talia Werber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Register to Vote


 

Registering to Vote and Primary Eligibility

If you are already a registered New York voter, you must already be registered with a party to vote in that party's 2014 primary election. If you are not yet a New York voter, you must register to vote and select a party when doing so in order to vote in that party's primaries.

To vote in the general election, you must register by October 10, 2014, but do not need to select a party affiliation.

To vote in the NYS 2014 Elections, make sure you are registered to vote by the deadlines:

Federal primary elections for Representatives to the U.S. Congress will be held on June 24, 2014. Most voters need to be registered by May 30, 2014 to vote for their party's candidate to get on the general election ballot.

New York State primary elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, State Senators, and State Assemblymembers be held on September 9, 2014. Most voters need to be registered by August 15, 2014 to vote for their party's candidates to get on the general election ballot.

The general elections for all the federal and state elected officials will be held on November 4, 2014. Most voters need to be registered by October 10, 2014 to vote for their party's candidate to get on the general election ballot.

 

Registration Resources

Registration Information: The New York City Board of Elections for the City of New York "For Voters" page explains voter registration, from voter qualifications to selecting party affiliation to keeping your registration current.

Register Now: The New York State Board of Elections "Register to Vote" page has both a downloadable voter registration form, and directions for requesting that a voter registration form be mailed to you. If you are not yet registered in New York State, you must register by 10/10/14 to vote in the 11/4/14 general elections.

Find out Where to Vote: The New York City Board of Elections' Poll Site Locator tool allows you to search for your polling place.

Important Dates for 2014 Voting and Voter Registration

Last Day to...

Federal Primary Election

June 24, 2014

(vote for candidate within your party for US Congress)

State Primary Election

September 9, 2014

(vote for candidates within your party for all NYS executive and legislative elected offices)

General Election

November 4, 2014

(vote for candidates across parties for US Congress AND all NYS offices)

Change party enrollment

October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

Register to vote - in person, by mail (postmark), or online with valid NYS driver's license

May 30, 2014

August 15, 2014

October 10, 2014

Apply for Military Ballot by mail - if not previously registered (receipt by BoE)

May 30, 2014

August 15, 2014

October 25, 2014

Re-register to vote after moving within NYC

June 4, 2014

August 20, 2014

October 15, 2014

Apply for Military Ballot by mail - if previously registered (receipt by BoE)

June 17, 2014

September 2, 2014

October 28, 2014

Apply for Absentee Ballot by mail (postmark)

June 17, 2014

September 2, 2014

October 28, 2014

Apply for Military Ballot in person - if previously registered

June 23, 2014

September 8, 2014

November 3, 2014

Apply for Absentee Ballot in person

June 23, 2014

September 8, 2014

November 3, 2014

Vote via Military Ballot by mail

June 23, 2104 (postmark) &

July 1, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

September 8, 2014 (postmark) &

September 16, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

November 3, 2104 (postmark) &

November 17, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

Vote via Absentee Ballot by mail

June 23, 2104 (postmark) &

July 1, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

September 8, 2014 (postmark) &

September 16, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

November 3, 2104 (postmark) &

November 11, 2014 (receipt by BoE)

Vote via Absentee Ballot in person

June 24, 2014

September 9, 2014

November 4, 2014

Vote at Polling Site

June 24, 2014

September 9, 2014

November 4, 2014

 

 

 For additions or corrections, please contact Talia Werber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Ballot Proposals


In addition to voting for candidates in 2014, New Yorkers may also have the opportunity to vote on whether to amend specific provisions of the New York State Constitution via referenda, otherwise known as ballot proposals.

Gotham Gazette will update this page with the information about specific proposals which will appear on the ballot in the 2014 general election.

 

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What Are Ballot Proposals?

The state constitution, like the United States Constitution, lays out government structures, citizens' rights, and the process through which the constitution can be amended.

According to the NYS Constitution, Article XIX, it can only be amended either by constitutional convention, or by referendum. For the constitution to be amended by referendum – where voters are asked for a "yes" or "no" vote to a proposal that appears on the ballot – this process must be followed:

1. A member or members of each the NYS Assembly and Senate must propose the amendment (through a resolution), and refer it to the NYS Attorney General for review.

2. The Attorney General must submit a written opinion with 20 days of referral to both the Assembly and Senate, which will explain any effects the proposed amendment would have on other provisions of the constitution. (But this is the only step which, if not completed, would not invalidate the amendment.)

3. Both the Assembly and Senate must vote on the proposed amendment, and it must receive a majority of votes in both houses of the legislature, and the "aye" and "nay" votes must be recorded.

4. In the next regular legislative session, the members of the Assembly and Senate must again vote on the proposed amendments, and it again must receive a majority of votes in both houses of the legislature.

5. The legislature must submit each proposed amendment to the NYS Board of Elections to appear on the next general election ballot.

6. The NYS Board of Elections must certify the language of the proposals - and their abstracts, or official summaries - by early August, 3 months before the General Election.

7. New Yorkers must approve the amendment proposal with a majority vote in the general election.

If a ballot proposal to amend the constitution receives a majority of votes from NYS citizens, it would be incorporated into the constitution on January 1, 2015.

 

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*Texts of Questions, Abstracts, and Resolutions reprinted from the NYS Board of Election website.


For additions or corrections, please contact Talia Werber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 



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