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Hot Race: Congressional District 13 - Rangel Ahead After Handcount

CD 13 - Upper Manhattan and Bronx - Rangel/Espaillat Race in Overtime:


Update: Rangel ahead after hand count - click here for Marc Santora's article in the NY Times.

The June 26th primary for the new 13th Congressional District (the old 15th) in upper Manhattan, currently held by Rep. Charlie Rangel, went into overtime:  Click here for NY Times article by David W. Chen & Vivian Yee.  (Click here for earlier article by Azi Paybarah in Capital New York.)

This affects State Senate District 31:

If Espaillat wins the election, his state senate seat will be vacant. Two candidates that have been petitioning for that State Senate seat are Mark Levine and Guillermo Linares.  But it is possible that if Espaillat does not win the Congressional seat, he will remain in the Senate seat, and Linares may be his only challenger in the September primary.

Assembly District 57: Hakeem Jeffries moves out of this seat to run for Congress

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (57th District) won the June 26th Democratic primary (DFNYC did not endorse in that race) and several candidates have been mentioned for his soon-to-be-vacant seat in the New York State Assembly:

~ Olanike Alabi, District Leader, administrator with 1199 

~ Martine Guerrier, the former "Chief Family Engagement Officer" for  the Department of Education

~ Jelani Mashariki, co-founder of the Global Block Foundation, and part of the Occupy Wall Street movement   

~ Walter Mosley, District Leader

Links to articles about the race:





NYC Blogs

The Politicker

Daily Gotham

The Empire Zone

DMI Blog

Ise Fire

Nor'Easter Blog

National Blogs

Blog for America

Daily KOS



Contact Your Representative

Contact Your Representative

Click on the links to find out how to contact your representative.

To find all your election districts, click here for a GIS website.

To find your Congress person and state representatives, click here for a NY Board of Elections website, enter your address and mark the circle for “All Districts.”

New York City (click on  one of the following)

NYC City Council

Borough President

NYC Comptroller

NYC Public Advocate

Mayor of New York City and Administration

City Agencies

New York State

To find out who represents you in the NY State Legislature (both your Senator and Assemblymember, click here to go to a page at the Board of Elections website, enter your address and mark all three under "Display District Boundaries." 

You will see your Assemblymember's and Senator's names on the right. Find their Contact Information at the following links:

NY State Assembly Use the Board of Elections link above to find the name of your Assemblymember.

NY State Senate Use the Board of Elections link above to find the name of your state Senator.

Lt. Governor

Governor of NY

Federal (click on one of the following)

Congressional Representatives & Senators

President of the United States

NYC Voting Information

The Board of Elections phone number for questions about voting in New York City: 866-VOTE-NYC

The Board of Elections web site for information about voting in New York City: http://vote.nyc.ny.us

Polling Places

In the 5 boroughs of NYC, polls open at 6am and close at 9pm.

To find out where to vote:

  • Use this tool: https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search
  • Call 866-VOTE-NYC
  • Email your full name and address to vote-at-boe.nyc.ny.us (replace -at- w/@ - we format this way to avoid spammers). Your polling place will be e-mailed back to you

Registering To Vote

In order to be able to register vote in New York City, you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • a resident of county of City of New York at least 30 days prior to the election
  • at least 18 years old by the end of the year (must be 18 on election day to vote)
  • not serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction
  • not adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • not claiming the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York)

To be able to vote in a primary election, you MUST register with a political party to vote in that party's primary.

You must be registered to vote at least 25 Days prior to an election to be able to vote in that election.

You can register in person at your borough board of elections on any business day or you can register by mail. To obtain a voter registration form:

  • Download the voter registration form from the Board of Elections Website: http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/voters.shtml
  • Call 866-VOTE-NYC and the Board of elections will send you a postage-paid registration form in the mail.
  • You may also obtain Registration Forms from libraries, Post Offices, and most New York City Government agencies.

Mail (DO NOT FAX) the Voter Registration Form to the main Board of Elections office:

Board of Elections in the City of New York
32 Broadway, 7 Fl
New York, NY 10004-1609

You can also drop off your registration form in person at one of the borough board of elections offices:

Bronx County Board of Elections
1780 Grand Concourse-5th Floor
Bronx, NY 10457
Phone: 718-299-9017

Kings County Board of Elections (Brooklyn)
345 Adams Street - 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-797-8800

New York County Board of Elections (Manhattan)
200 Varick Street - 10th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212-886-2100

Queens County Board of Elections
126-06 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Phone: 718-730-6730

Richmond County Board of Elections (Staten Island)
1 Edgewater Plaza
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: 718-876-0079

Primary Elections

In a Primary Election, only voters registered with one of the parties holding a primary election may vote to nominate their party's candidate to run in the general election. Voters registered without party affiliation may vote only in General and Special Elections.

You can change your party affiliation by obtaining a Voter Registration Form, filling out the form completely, checking the party enrollment box for the primary you want to vote in, and sending it to the Board of Elections. See above for information on how to obtain and submit a voter registration form.

You cannot CHANGE your NY party enrollment and vote in that party's primary in the same year. A change of enrollment will go into affect one week following the General Election. The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election (25 days prior to the date of the General Election). (For example: you had to change your party enrollment by October 30, 2007 in order to be eligible to vote in that party's Presidential Primary election on February 5, 2008.)

If you are a new voter (never before registered) or moved to New York from another state, you can choose your party when you register to vote and be eligible to vote in that party's primary. In other words, the above rule about party registration does not apply when you are a new voter in NY even if you were registered with a different party in another state.

Absentee Ballots

You can file an absentee ballot application in person at your borough Board of Elections on any business day or you can apply by mail.

If you are casting an absentee ballot fairly close to election day, it is usually possible to visit your local Board of Elections office (see above), get an absentee ballot, and vote on the same day.

To obtain an absentee ballot application:

Mail (DO NOT FAX) your completed Absentee Ballot Application to:

Board of Elections in the City of New York
32 Broadway, 7 Fl
New York, NY 10004-1609

Applications must be POSTMARKED at least 7 days prior to the election or delivered in person on or before Election Day.

Completed absentee ballots must be POSTMARKED at least 1 day before the election

In order to vote absentee you must fit one of the following:

  • Unavoidably absent from the City of New York on Election Day due to duties, occupation, business, studies, or vacation
  • A patient in a Veteran's Administration Hospital
  • Detained in jail awaiting trial or action by grand jury
  • Confined in prison after a non-felony conviction
  • Unable to vote illness or disability (under doctor's advise, confided to a hospital, permanent illness or disability)

Contact Information

Email: info -at- dfnyc.org


A local coalition group of Democracy for America since 2004

Democracy for NYC (DFNYC) is committed to the ideals espoused by Democracy for America, the organization founded by Howard Dean, and the national network of local coalition groups dedicated to the same.