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To Register to Vote in NYC You Must :

  • Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
  • Be 18 years of age before the next election.
  • Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction, (unless you have received a pardon for voting purposes).
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

NYC Board of Elections 
Responsible for administration and enforcement of all laws relating to elections in New York State. Website includes voting information, political calendar, election results, campaign finance information, and information on running for office.

Rock the Vote 
Register to vote, find voting information, read research. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in our country to participate in every election.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission 
Established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.

 

Political Party Websites

Internet Law Library - Election, Qualification, Removal, and Lobbying of Public Officials

Includes resources for the U.S. as well as other nations.

GODORT Elections & Voting Toolkit 

Hotlines

1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)

Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

National Political Data

American National Election Studies - Data Center and Guide to Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

American National Election Studies provides data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. ANES is a collaboration of Stanford University and the University of Michigan, with funding by the National Science Foundation.

American Presidency Project

Extensive online collection of papers, speeches (audio and video), and documents relating to United States presidential elections and presidents.

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Nonpartisan, nonprofit policy and education organization. The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) regularly publishes books, reports, and newsletters concerning the Presidency that are of interest to policymakers, scholars and the general public.

CQ Researcher

Current reports on contemporary issues with comprehensive, nonpartisan analysis. Features pro and con arguments by experts. Coverage begins in 1991.

Open Secrets from the Center for Responsive Politics

Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis. 

Politics1

Founded and published by Ron Gunzburger, Politics1 is published as a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate. 

Project Vote Smart

Volunteer driven, non-partisan site for voter information. Comprehensive data on national and local candidates and issues

Vote411 from the League of Women Voters

General and state-specific information on the election process. Includes state election guides, registration and voting information, election dates, ID requirements, polling place locations, and factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races.

Congressional Resources

Congressional Report Cards - evaluate members of Congress 

Congress and the Nation

This well established series from CQ Press offers comprehensive and signature coverage of Congressional action from 1945 to 2008. With the online edition users can quickly navigate through nearly 60 years of coverage of politics and policy, browsing by topic, tables of contents, as well as an alphabetical cumulative index. Users can also view tables of Key Votes for the House and Senate.

Congressional Election Data from the Office of the Clerk 
Official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories. Coverage from 1920 - Present .

Primary Sources

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from WWI and the 1920 Presidential Elections

The Nation's Forum Collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders from 1918-1920. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John J. Pershing. Speeches range from one to five minutes.

Extensive online collection of papers, speeches (audio and video), and documents relating to United States presidential elections and presidents.

The Atlas is a free internet resource providing results of U.S. Presidential Elections. Data is collected from many official sources and presented here in one convenient location.

Interactive Electoral College map for 2012 and a history of Presidential elections in the United States. 

The Record Of American Democracy (ROAD) data includes election returns, socioeconomic summaries, and demographic measures of the American public at unusually low levels of geographic aggregation. The NSF-supported ROAD project covers every state in the country from 1984 through 1990 (including some off-year elections).

Voting and registration data have been collected biennially since 1964.

State & Local

Citizens Union of the City of New York

An independent, nonpartisan, civic organization of members who promote good government and advance political reform in the city and state of New York. Citizens Union has served as a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for the common good, working to ensure fair elections, clean campaigns, and open, effective government that is accountable to the citizens of New York.

Gotham Gazette

Published by Citizens Union Foundation of the City of New York, Gotham Gazette provides independent coverage of the important issues facing New York City and state and the policies and politics that shape life for the city's 8 million residents.

New York State Resources from Politics1.com

Directory of candidates, elections, political parties and daily state news resources.

Politics Reporting from NY1

NY1 News is Time Warner Cable's 24-hour news channel in New York City. 

Government Information Librarian

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News Resources

ABC News Election Coverage

CBS News Political News

CNN Election Center

FactCheck.org

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

FlackCheck.org

FlackCheck.org is a video-based counterpart to APPC’s award-winning program FactCheck.org. FlackCheck.org uses parody and humor to debunk false political advertising, poke fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns. Part of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. 

Fox News

New York Times Politics 

PBS Newshour

Politifact.com

Blogs

538 Blog from the NYTimes.com

The blog is devoted to rigorous analysis of politics, polling, public affairs, sports, science and culture, largely through statistical means. In addition, FiveThirtyEight provides forecasts of upcoming presidential, Congressional and gubernatorial elections through the use of its proprietary prediction models.

Politico  Coverage and analysis of Congress, the White House, politics and lobbying.

Election 2020 Pew Research Center 

Talking Points Memo  News, investigative reporting and analysis