How to Vote for Phara

New York’s 2022 June Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 28. Voting in the June 28 primary is one of the best ways to make sure your voice is heard in this year’s New York State Assembly election!

Voting in NYC is easier than ever this year. New York City voters have three options: (1) you can vote in person on Election Day on June 28, (2) you can vote in person during the early voting period from June 18 to June 26, or (3) you can vote with an absentee ballot, if you already requested one, and submit it no later than Election Day.

Here are the answers to a few common questions about voting in this year’s state elections.

When and how do I vote?

There are three ways to vote in the Democratic Primary this year:

  1. Voting on Election Day, June 28!
  2. Voting early, June 18 – June 26!
  3. Voting absentee, no later than Election Day, June 28!

Any way you vote is acceptable, but it’s important to take five minutes to make sure you know how to vote, and come up with a voting plan beforehand. People who make a plan are way more likely to exercise their right to vote! And bring a friend with you to the polls. By helping your friends, family and neighbors come up with voting plans of their own, you help democracy work. 

Photo of Phara and David Voting

Assemblymember and working mother Phara Souffrant Forrest votes in the Democratic Primary alongside her son, David.

Photo of David with Vote Sticker

David sports a sticker that says, “I’m a future voter!” after watching his mom, Phara, vote. 

Voting on Election Day

Voting on Election Day is as simple as showing up and filling out your ballot! To find your polling place, simply enter your address here. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. While we suggest getting to the polls as early as you can, remember that if you get in line before 9 p.m., you have the right to cast your ballot!


Voting early

If you wish to cast your ballot before Election Day, you may vote early between June 18 and June 28. Early voting is in-person, but your early voting polling place may be different from your Election Day polling place. 

You can find your early voting polling place here, and click here to see the times during which the polls are open. Early voting is a great choice if you know you’ll be busy on Election Day, want to avoid long lines or just can’t wait to vote for Phara!


Voting by mail

You may apply for an absentee ballot online, or you can download an application here and mail it to the Kings County Board of Elections Office. If you apply online or by mail, you must submit or postmark your application no later than June 13. 

You can also apply for one in person at the Kings County Board of Elections Office, located at 345 Adams Street, 4th Floor. 

Due to a recent change in law, New York State voters are no longer permitted to cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have already been issued an absentee ballot for that election. That means that if you requested an absentee ballot, you have to vote via mail. 

You must either postmark your absentee ballot or drop it off at your local board of elections no later than Election Day, June 28. Remember to sign both your ballot, and the back of the envelope, or your ballot will be invalidated!


Am I eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote in the Democratic Primary if you are at least 18 years old, a US citizen, and have registered as a Democrat by June 3, 2022. In New York State, felons have the right to vote! You can check here to confirm that you’re registered to vote.


New York Voting Schedule

Deadline to register as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic Primary: June 3
Early voting period (in person): June 18 – June 26
Election Day: June 28

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