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City Launches Online Voter Guide to Queens Borough President Special Election

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March 6, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The New York City Campaign Finance Board has launched an official online voter guide to provide Queens residents information on the upcoming special election for Queens Borough President.

The election on Tuesday, March 24 will determine who will be the borough president after the seat was vacated on Jan. 1 by Melinda Katz, who took over as Queens District Attorney. Early voting begins Saturday, March 14 and ends Sunday, March 22.

The NYC Votes guide provides biographies and goals of each candidate on the ballot, as well as where and when to vote and information on the role of borough president.

Poll locations for early voting and election day voting differ — Queens residents can look up their designated poll locations for both online and also find hours for early voting on the Board of Elections (BOE) website. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day.

The nonpartisan guide includes short videos of each candidate — Council Members Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards, former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, former Queens prosecutor Jim Quinn, retired NYPD sergeant Anthony Miranda and Flushing businessman Dao Yin — giving their pitch on what they would do if elected. It also includes each candidate’s top three priorities for the role–and their resume.

“The NYC Votes Voter Guide is the source New Yorkers can trust for accurate, nonpartisan information about the candidates running to represent them in city government,” said Amy Loprest, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board and NYC Votes.

“City elections have a major impact on issues like housing, public education, and the safety of our streets, and our voter guide helps New Yorkers decide which candidate best represents their interests.”

The last day to register — in person — to vote in the special election is March 14.
Absentee ballot applications must be postmarked by March 17 or filled out in person by March 23. The completed ballots must be sent back to the BOE and postmarked by March 23 or delivered in person by March 24.
Borough presidents serve as advocates for the borough, but cannot create or pass laws.
However, they do get to decide how a multi-million dollar budget is spent, weigh in on major land use decisions, appoint members of local community boards and can hold public hearings.

The winner of the special election will fill the seat only through the end of 2020.

Therefore, there will be a primary election for the position in June, followed by a general election in November. The winner of the November election will be borough president for the remainder of the term, through the end of 2021.

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Sara Ross

How many languages is it in? I get an absentee ballot for health reasons and there are many languages on the form. Assimilate to here if you are given freedoms that you didn’t have in your own country. Appreciate being here. If you are given the right in this country to vote, learn the language! Can somebody explain to me why ICE is going after undocumented immigrants but yet these are the same people that are being given drivers licenses and I.D. cards to get into places for free?


Quinn is the only candidate against closing Rikers.
He also supports bringing more business to Queens – and was for Amazon in LIC.


Costa, E. Crowley, Donovan Richards and Miranda are so called progressives who support thugs, criminals and the new mega jail in Queens. All that is happening now, vandalism, muggings, assaults, aggressive panhandling, etc. lower quality of life is because of politicians like them.


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