Public Advocate Special Election
Tuesday February 26, 2019

This is a very important special election. The Public Advocate is the second highest ranking city official of New York City. The Public Advocate has the power to introduce legislation in the City Council. Changes in the City Charter may legislate additional powers.

If something were to happen to the Mayor, the Public Advocate is the direct successor. The Public Advocate has been a stepping stone to higher office. Our last Public Advocate, Letitia James stepped down to become NYS Attorney General. Mayor Bill de Blasio served as Public Advocate from 2010 to 2013.

New York City Public Advocate (Wikipedia)
What is the NYC Public Advocate's role?
Arm Yourself With Information

Don't wait until Election Day to find out who the candidates are. Sixteen candidates have declared their intentions to run for Public Advocate.

Know Your Vote: Headlines from NYC's Public Advocate Special Election - February 26, 2019

How Many Voters Will Turn Out for the Public Advocate Special Election?

The Candidates

Official Ballot For NYC Public Advocate Election Features A Candidate Who Doesn't Want To Be On It

Find Out About the Candidates
First NYC Public Advocate Special Election Debate
2019 Special Election Public Advocate Video Voter Guide
PIX11 Marvin Scott interviews candidates
PIX11 Marvin Scott interviews more candidates
PIX11 Marvin Scott interviews even more candidates
Libertarian Party NYC Public Advocate February 2019 Special Election Debate
Race to Represent - MNN
BronxTalk: Public Advocate Debate February 15th, 2019

How much money does each Public Advocate candidate have in their war chest?
Campaign Finance Summary 2019A Public Advocate
how to vote
Common Voter Ballot Mistakes

An election can be won by a single vote. Make your vote count. Not Voting means your voice is not heard. A blank vote does not count.

Register in advance to make sure your registration is in the book at your poll site. A simple change of address can make a big difference. Make sure you are voting where you live.

Voters don't always fill in their ballots so that a vote is registered. For example, voters may circle the selection rather than blacken it in. Scanners do not check for these sort of errors and the vote is counted as a blank.

As a voter you must pay attention to the number of candidates you select. If the same candidate is selected multiple times under different parties there may be a delay in crediting the vote.

A write-in with a selection is considered an overvote and may also be delayed.

Affidavit or provisional ballots do not guarantee a vote. Errors in filling out the form can invalidate a ballot. Voting outside your Election District may not count. Your ballot may not represent your candidates for your district.

Vote where you live.
Poll Site Locator

Changes in Election Law

New York State's election laws now allow early voting. Voters will be able to cast their ballows up to 10 days before an election.

State and Federal primaries are now on the same day in June, rather than in the fall.

Poll sites in New York City are open from 6am-9pm. Once inside before 9:00pm a voter is allowed to vote.

If you cannot vote on Election Day, use an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are now accepted at poll sites on Election Day. If mailed, absentee ballots must be signed and postmarked before election day.

Board of Elections in the City of New York
Register to vote at least 30 days before an election

Relevant 2019 Election Events and Milestones.
2019 Political Calendar (PDF)