Election Day 2018: What New York voters need to know

New Yorkers can officially begin heading to the polls. NY polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. To help get you ready, PIX11 has compiled all of the information you need to know before going out to vote.


Governor / lieutenant governor

  • Andrew M. Cuomo / Kathy C. Hochul: Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality
  • Marc Molinaro / Julie Killian: Republican, Conservative, Reform
  • Stephanie A. Miner / Michael J. Volpe: Serve America Movement
  • Howie Hawkins / Jia Lee: Green
  • Larry Sharpe / Andrew C. Hollister: Libertarian

Democratic incumbent Cuomo is seeking re-election for his third term. A Siena College poll released on Sunday has Cuomo leading with 49 percent compared to his competitor, current Dutchess County Executive Rep. Molinario, who is at 36 percent.

U.S. Senate

  • Kirsten E. Gillibrand: Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality
  • Chele Chiavacci Farley: Republican, Conservative, Reform

Democratic incumbent Gillibrand is seeking her second term as New York's junior senator. The Siena College poll shows Gillibrand being favored with 58 percent of votes compared to Farley, who has 35 percent.

Attorney general

  • Letitia A. James: Democrat, Working Families, Independence
  • Keith Wofford: Republican, Conservative
  • Michael Sussman: Green
  • Nancy B. Sliwa: Reform
  • Christopher B. Garvey: Libertarian

The Siena College poll shows James, who is currently New York City's public advocate, with 49 percent, compared to Wofford, at 37 percent.

House of Representatives: All 27 of New York's congressional districts are up for election this year. For a breakdown on who's running, click here. 

State comptroller

  • Thomas DiNapoli: Democratic, Working Families, Independence, Women's Equality, Reform)
  • Jonathan Trichter: Republican, Conservative
  • Mark Dunlea: Green
  • Cruger Gallaudet: Libertarian

Democratic Comptroller DiNapoli is seeking re-election as the state's chief financial officer. A Siena poll shows him at 62 percent, compared to Trichter at 25 percent.

State Legislature: For the State Senate, all 63 seats are up for grabs, and Democrats are only one seat away from taking control.  Such a victory would deliver control of all state government to Democrats, who already control the Assembly and the governorship. Click here for a breakdown of senate candidates. For the State Assembly, all 150 seats are open. Click here for a breakdown of assembly candidates.


There are three proposals on the ballot this year.

Proposal 1: Campaign Finance

This proposal will lower the amount candidates for city office can accept from donors, as well as increase the city's matching-funds program. Proponents say this will give more power to small donors. Critics say candidates will be forced to spend more time fundraising, and point out that it will not go into effect until after the next big city election in 2021.

Proposal 2: Civic Engagement Commission

The stated goal is provide resources to community boards, give citizens a larger say in budgeting decisions and provide language interpreters throughout the city on upcoming Election Days. Proponents believe the commission will increase participation in democracy, while critics point out that the mayor will be able to elect more than half of the 15-member commission, effectively adding a layer of red tape to making decisions and giving the mayor more power.

Proposal 3: Community Boards

Currently community board members can serve indefinitely. If passed, this proposal will impose a term limit of eight years. Proponents say this will diversify community boards and give new people a better chance of participating. Critics question whether or not this will actually add diversity, and say board members gain knowledge and expertise the longer they serve, making them more effective.


The polls for the general election are officially open until 9 p.m. Tuesday. You can also hand deliver your absentee ballot to the Borough Office until polls close Tuesday night. Click here for more information.


The Board of Elections offers this tool to help you determine where you can vote.


  • Citi Bike is offering free day passes with the code BIKETOVOTE.
  • Lyft is offering 50 percent off rides in NYC on Election Day. Click here to get the promo code.
  • Uber is offering $10 off a single ride on Election Day. Make sure your Uber app is updated and use code VOTE2018 to receive the discount.
  • Lime is offering free bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters to use to and from polling locations, up to 30 minutes. Use the code LIME2VOTE18.


To report problems on Election Day, call 866-VOTE-NYC.


If you're headed to the polls and have more questions, download the new Politiscope app.

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