The Mayor has announced that the election for Public Advocate will be held on February 26, 2019. In order to get on the ballot, candidates must collect signatures from registered voters living within New York City and return them to the Board of Elections by January 14th.
HOW YOU CAN HELP- If you are a registered voter in New York, you can be a petition witness. It doesn’t matter what party you are registered in – everyone can help as long as they are registered to vote in New York.
HOW TO BE A PETITION WITNESS
Download the petition form on the right, print on standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, then ask people to sign.
WHO CAN SIGN
Anyone who is registered to vote can sign so you can collect signatures from friends, family, co-workers or neighbors. Since this is a special election, it doesn’t matter whether the person signing is a Democrat, Republican, WFP or any other party – they only have to be a registered voter in New York City to sign.
WHAT SECTIONS OF THE PETITION SHOULD BE FILLED OUT
The section under the words, “In Witness Whereof” is where the voter signs. Just ask the person to fill in the day portion of the date, sign his/her name and fill in their address including the county. If you don’t know the county, leave it blank and we will fill it in when we go over the completed petitions.
WHERE DO YOU SIGN
After you collect signatures, you will fill in the “Statement of Witness” section at the bottom of the petition. Please print your name and address and fill in the number of signatures you collected from voters for that sheet. Lastly, fill in the date and sign the petition.
WHAT DO I DO WITH COMPLETED PETITIONS
Please call, text or email my campaign manager Gloria Rodriguez – Novoa at (917) 217-4426 or email her at Herbert4NYC@gmail.com upon completing your petitions and we will send someone to pick them up. We must have original ink signatures so please keep the petition in a safe place until we can get them from you.
Register to Vote
- Register online at the DMV Website
- Mail in form – complete a PDF version by clicking on the link below, typing the necessary information and selecting the appropriate boxes. Alternatively, you can print the form to complete by hand.
- You can also complete an Accessible version of the New York State Voter Registration Form on-line by clicking on the link below, typing the necessary information and selecting the appropriate boxes.
Who Can Register to Vote
- be a United States citizen;
- be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
- resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
- not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
- not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
Am I Registered to Vote
Where Do I Vote
How to Make Changes to Your Registration
Change of Name and/or Address
The voter registration form should be used as a change of address form. Notices of change of address from registered voters received at least 20 days before a special, primary or general election by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for that election.
Change of Party Enrollment
The voter registration form should be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter’s registration record. Please see Deadlines referenced above
Qualifications to Vote by Absentee Ballot
- Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.
- Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
- A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
- Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
How to Vote by Absentee Ballot
- Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.
- You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form
- Upon completion, applications must be mailed to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election.
- You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
- the address where you are registered
- an address where the ballot is to be sent
- the reason for the request, and
- the signature of the voter
If you apply by letter, an application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.
If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.
If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.