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Voters across New York and New Jersey will head to the polls on (or before) Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Below you’ll find resources for both states.

Read more from PIX11’s political reporters here:

New York

Who will be NYC’s next mayor?

With Mayor Bill de Blasio stepping down due to term limits, all eyes are on the race to be the the city’s next chief executive.

The city’s 110th mayor will have their work cut out for them as they’ll be expected to lead the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while tackling racial inequity in policing, education and health care.

Who are the NYC mayoral candidates?

It’s all down to Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa, and any additional third-party candidates who may appear on the ballot in November’s general election.

Adams, the Democratic candidate and current Brooklyn Borough President, narrowly won the race over Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, with the Associated Press projecting his win two weeks after the city’s June primary.

Adams is strongly favored to win the general election and become the next mayor, as Democrats outnumber Republicans seven-to-one in the city.

As a former NYPD captain, Adams has built his mayoral campaign as the law-and-order candidate, but he also has proposals on how to eliminate disparities in the city’s public education system. He would be the city’s second Black mayor if elected.

Sliwa handily beat his opponent, businessman Fernando Mateo, to win the Republican nomination the night of the primary.

Both candidates spoke to PIX11’s Dan Mannarino during a mayoral forum on Oct. 25th. Watch below:

Key NYC election dates

To vote in the general election, registration applications must be postmarked no later than Friday,
Oct. 8, and received by your board of elections no later than Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot was Monday, Oct. 18. Click here for more information. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone can request an absentee ballot by listing “temporary illness” as their reason.

In-person early voting for the general election began on Saturday, Oct. 23 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Election Day will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2. 

You can find your polling site here.

Polling places for early voting and primary day can often be different, so be sure to check your poll site information before heading out to vote.

Speaking of absentee ballots…

New York voters will decide on five ballot proposals this year. Among the proposals ae changes to redistricting, environmental rights and a change to the absentee-ballot process in New York.

Other key NYC races

Take a look other roles that will have new leaders in NYC:

What is ranked choice voting?

Starting this year, the city will use ranked choice voting in primary and special elections for local offices. Now, New Yorkers can rank up to five candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one. Ranked choice voting will not be used in November’s general election.

What does a NYC comptroller do?

New York City residents will vote for more than just a new mayor in the June primaries and November general election. Also on the ballot: candidates for city comptroller. Current Comptroller Scott Stringer is term-limited and has joined a crowded field of Democrats who are running for mayor. The job title may not seem as glamorous as others in public service, but the comptroller plays an important role in government as the city’s chief financial officer. The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the city’s finances, making the position — and who holds it — all the more critical.

What does the Manhattan district attorney do?

While each borough in New York City has its own district attorney, only the Manhattan and Brooklyn DA seats are up for grabs in the June primary and November general election.

The Manhattan district attorney is the top prosecutor in New York County. They are responsible for holding those who violate state and local laws accountable.

The Manhattan DA also shapes criminal justice policy, including reforms and crime prevention strategy.

With over two dozen units and bureaus ranging from child abuse and cybercrime to tax crimes, human trafficking and hate crimes, the district attorney has help from dozens of assistant district attorneys who handle investigations and prosecutions. There’s also an expansive office support staff that assists the assistant district attorneys in their work.

What does the NYC public advocate do?

Jumaane Williams (D) is the incumbent Democratic candidate for public advocate. He will go up against Devi Nampiaparampil (R), a physician and professor at the NYU School of Medicine and television health commentator.

The public advocate serves as non-voting member of the New York City Council with the right to introduce and co-sponsor legislation, and as an ombudsman for city government, providing oversight for city agencies, investigating citizens’ complaints about city services and making proposals to address perceived shortcomings or failures of those services.

New Jersey

The New Jersey governor race

New Jersey voters will decide if they want to re-elect current Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy – who is widely favored in the polls – or turn toward Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli.

Both Murphy and Ciattarelli talked to PIX11’s Dan Mannarino during a forum that aired Oct. 21. Watch below:

Key NJ election dates

Jersey voters needed to register to vote by Tuesday, Oct. 12. Registration can be downloaded here.

Anyone in New Jersey can vote absentee, but county election officials must receive applications at least one week prior to the election if done by mail, or until 3 p.m. the day before an election if submitted in person. More here on voting absentee.

Early voting began Saturday, Oct. 23 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Find your polling location here. Note: polling places and times may differ for early voting and Election Day voting.

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