New York’s Early Voting Begins This Saturday!

Huzzah! We’re in the home stretch of an arduous election. Early voting starts tomorrow Saturday, October 24th. Here are all the details to vote in person or via absentee ballot between now and November 3rd. So get out there and let your voice be heard!

  • Use to identify your early voting site and its hours (or your Election Day poll site). New York City College of Technology at 285 Jay Street is the early voting location for all of Brooklyn Heights but DOUBLE CHECK before you go.
  • Preview your ballot to reduce the time spent at the poll site.
  • NOTE: Your early voting site may differ from your normal Election Day polling site.



  • It’s not too late to apply for an absentee ballot (request it by next Tues, 10/27). Early voting sites will also accept completed, sealed absentee ballots.
  • Have you requested an absentee ballot but haven’t received it yet? Use the Board of Elections’ Absentee Tracker to check on the status of your ballot.


  • For those absentee voters who are skittish about entering an early voting poll site to drop off their ballots in the drop boxes, there’s a solution: Invisible Hands, a nonpartisan volunteer group that’s done amazing work running errands for the homebound, will pick up sealed absentee ballots from seniors and others and deposit them in the drop boxes at early voting sites. Homebound seniors (or whoever) can request a volunteer to pick up their ballot here. And if you’d like to volunteer for Invisible Hands to do ballot runs, complete the volunteer form here.
  • FYI – it is legal to gather sealed ballot envelopes on your own and deliver them to ballot drop boxes.

Information sourced from the office of Jo Anne Simon newsletter.

Photo credit: Shephard Fairey/New York Magazine

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  • Jorale-man

    As another option, I just dropped my ballot off today at the Board of Elections building on Adams St. It was relatively straightforward: you have to take an elevator (or stairs) to the 4th floor and drop the envelope in a box there. But not too busy mid-afternoon and masks are obviously required. Nice to know about the Invisible Hands service too.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    As if we need to get in the mood –

  • Mary Kim

    A friend’s report from the polls today, the first day of early voting at Jay St. People started lining up at 8:00 a.m., friend got there at 9:00 a.m., polls opened at 10:00 a.m., friend voted by 11:00 a.m.

  • Mary Kim

    Another report from Jay St. By 11:00 a.m., the line was down to Flatbush Ave. Long wait for the first day of early voting.

  • Claude Scales
    Here’s the line along Tillary Street from Jay Street to Flatbush a little after noon. The line extended a block to the right along Flatbush, then doubled back almost the length of that block.

  • Mary Kim

    So orderly. Let’s hope for good weather all week!

  • TeddyNYC

    I mailed in my ballot a couple of weeks ago and just checked the status online.

    10/23/2020 Ballot Received Valid

  • Greg

    I did the same, last Monday morning, and had the same (easy and pleasant) experience. It took about 2 days until the online tracker showed it as accepted and counted.

  • RD H

    Was anyone out to Jay St. to vote today? Wondering what the traffic was like. Thanks!

  • Jeremy

    25 minutes start to finish, at 2:00pm today. (Heard it was 75 minutes for people who got there at opening time this morning.)

  • RD H


  • robertnill

    Voted on Jay Street this evening. Arrived at the fast-moving line on Tillary at 6:40, was in and out by 6:58. The poll workers were doing a great job, and World Central Kitchen was offering sandwiches if people were hungry.

  • meschwar

    I voted yesterday at around 5pm at NYCCT. When I got on line the end of the line was onto Flatbush, roughly across from Urban Uncorked. I had voted and was out the door in just over 30 min. The line moves very fast.

  • Bornhere

    According to status tracking, my ballot has been at the post office since October 16 ( I mailed it on Remsen and Clinton). Perhaps I should just offer to walk it over to BOE for them….