Election Protection New York Primary Hotline:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for English assistance (866-OUR-VOTE)
5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT for bilingual English/Spanish assistance (888-VE-Y-VOTA)

Attorney General’s Office New York Primary Hotline:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for English/multilingual assistance


From our colleagues at Common Cause and the New York State League of Women Voters:

Presidential Primary in New York State Ballot Information

The purpose of the Presidential primary is to select delegates to a national convention of a political party where that party’s nominee for U.S. President will be selected. Voters must be registered in the Democratic or Republican party to vote in that party’s primary. In New York State, the Republican and Democratic Presidential primaries are organized differently.

Republican Voters will be issued a ballot with candidates listed. The voter will choose one candidate, but will not vote for delegates. Please be advised that some candidates have withdrawn from the race but are still listed on the New York Ballot. Delegates for the Republican Party’s national convention are selected by the state’s Republican Committee.

Democratic Voters will be asked to vote for the Presidential candidate AND delegates for the democratic convention. The delegate distribution will be determined by the number of votes each Presidential candidate receives. Based on the population of your congressional district, you will vote for 5-7 delegates (indicated on the ballot instructions). Outside of NYC, the delegates listed in the same row across from the Presidential candidate are the delegates for that candidate. In NYC, the delegates are listed in a separate column next to the column of Presidential candidates; the name of the candidate that they are pledged to support is indicated under the delegate’s name (see sample ballot here).

For any questions regarding your ballot please call your County Board of Elections office or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) OR 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).

Información sobre la papeleta de la primaria presidencial en el estado de Nueva York

El propósito de la primaria presidencial es elegir delegados para la convención nacional de un partido político, durante la cual se elige quién va a ser el candidato presidencial del partido. Para votar en dicha primaria, los votantes tienen que estar registrados como miembros del partido Demócrata o Republicano. En el estado de Nueva York, la primaria Republicana y la Demócrata se organizan de dos formas distintas.

A los votantes Republicanos se les proporcionará una papeleta enumerando a los candidatos. El votante puede elegir un candidato presidencial en particular, pero no puede votarle a un delegado en concreto.Tengan en cuenta que algunos candidatos han dejado el concurso presidencial, pero siguen en la papeleta de Nueva York. Los delegados para la convención nacional del partido Republicano los elige el Comité Republicano estatal.

A los votantes Demócratas se les pide que voten a un candidato presidencial Y ADEMÁS a los delegado que irán a la convención Demócrata. El número de votos que recibe cada candidato presidencial determina la distribución de los delegados. Dependiendo de la población que tenga su distrito congresional, le votará a 5, 6 o hasta 7 delegados (listados en las instrucciones de la papeleta). En las papeletas de fuera de la ciudad de Nueva York, los delegados que están enumerados en la misma linea que un candidato presidencial en particular son los delegados que apoyan a dicho candidato presidencial. En las papeletas de la ciudad de Nueva York, los delegados está enumerados en una columna separada, al lado de la columna de los candidatos presidenciales; el nombre del candidato que se han comprometido a apoyar está indicado bajo el nombre de dicho delegado (véase una papeleta como ejemplo aquí).

Para resolver cualquier pregunta sobre su papeleta, por favor, llame a la oficina de la Junta Electoral de su condado o al 1-866-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).

Registration Deadline: Oct. 14 (postmarked); Oct. 14 (in person at the Board of Elections)

Out of town for the primary or general election? Register to vote absentee.

To vote absentee in the Sept. 13 primary, you must:

  • Send a request by mail to the Board of Elections by Sept. 6 or apply in person at the Board of Elections by Sept. 12.

To vote absentee in the Nov. 8 general election, you must:

  • Send a request by mail to the Board of Elections by Nov. 1 or apply in person at the Board of Elections by Nov. 7.

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