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 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.