2022 Midterm Election Voter Guide

Preview your ballot and find your voting sites

Voting and Civic Engagement strengthen our democracy and we believe that informed advocates can make a difference in New York City. Use the tools on this page to look up your polling locations, explore ballot measures, and learn about participatory budgeting. You can also head to our Effective Advocacy page to look up current Elected Officials.

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Key Election Dates

  1. Early Voting

    October 29, 2022 – November 6, 2022

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  2. Deadline to request your absentee ballot in person

    November 7, 2022

    Request your absentee ballot from the NYC Board of Elections
  3. Election Day

    November 8, 2022

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  4. Deadline for the NYC Board of Elections to receive absentee ballots

    November 15, 2022

Source: NYC Votes

Find Your Voting Locations

Learn About the Ballot’s Four Proposals

This 2022 midterm election ballot includes four proposals, three of which could update the city’s charter if affirmed by voters. Read the abstract for each proposal and learn more by clicking links below. Read about the city chart on the NYC Racial Justice Commission website.

Proposal 1: Environmental Bond Act of 2022

The purpose of this proposal is to authorize the creation of state debt and the sale of state bonds in the amount of up to four billion two hundred million dollars ($4,200,000,000) for certain capital projects for the purpose of making environmental improvements that preserve, enhance, and restore New York’s natural resources and reduce the impact of climate change. If approved, the proposal would allow the State to borrow up to $4,200,000,000 to provide funding for capital projects for the following: restoration and flood risk reduction (at least $1,100,000,000), open space land conservation and recreation (up to $650,000,000), climate change mitigation (up to $1,500,000,000), and water quality improvement and resilient infrastructure (at least $650,000,000).

The proposal also would allow the State to refund the debt to take advantage of lower interest rates if the opportunity arises. To accomplish this, the proposal authorizes the State Comptroller to issue additional state bonds in sums up to or exceeding the amount of the bonds initially issued to refund, to advance refund, or otherwise to repay part or all of such bonds prior to the scheduled dates of their maturity.

Visit the New York State Board of Elections website to learn more.

Proposal 2: Statement of Values for City Government

This proposal creates a preamble to the New York City Charter. A preamble is a statement at the beginning of a legal document that explains its purpose or goals. The New York City Charter does not currently have a preamble. Adding a preamble would allow New Yorkers to adopt a vision and statement of foundational values intended to guide City government in fulfilling its duties.

The preamble to the New York City Charter would read “We, the people of New York city, declare that our city is a multiracial democracy, and that our diversity is our strength. We honor and respect the cultures, languages, and histories of all who call and have called this land home, and we celebrate their revolutionary imagination, courage, and resiliency.

“We strive to be a city where the value, talents, and contributions of every New Yorker are recognized and embraced, and where equity and inclusiveness, community empowerment, accessibility, and opportunity for every New Yorker are the unwavering standards to which we are held accountable in all aspects of governance, business, and service delivery.”

Visit the NYC Racial Justice Commission website to learn more about this proposal.

Proposal 3: Racial Equity Plans and Office

This proposal would create an Office of Racial Equity, require a citywide Racial Equity Plan every two years, and create a Commission on Racial Equity to represent communities’ needs and publicly review the citywide Racial Equity Plan. Racial equity means the achievement of equity with a particular emphasis on race and intersecting characteristics and includes a process of closing gaps in wellbeing between racial groups, with the purpose of greater equity for all.

New York City’s government does not have an agency that specifically focuses government on creating and promoting equity, with an emphasis on racial equity. This proposal establishes a framework for planning and evaluating City government efforts to advance equity.

Visit the NYC Racial Justice Commission website to learn more about this proposal.

Proposal 4: True Cost of Living

This proposal will require City government to develop and report, beginning in 2024, an annual “true cost of living” measurement of what it costs to live in New York City without consideration of public, private, or informal assistance. The proposed measurement is intended to focus on dignity rather than poverty, by considering the cost of meeting essential needs including, but not limited to, housing, childcare, child and dependent expenses, food, transportation, healthcare, clothing, general hygiene products, cleaning products, household items, telephone service, and internet service. The “true cost of living” measurement would be reported in addition to standards that are used to measure poverty or set eligibility for public benefits. It would not create a direct or indirect right of action.

Visit the NYC Racial Justice Commission website to learn more about this proposal.

NYC Participatory Budgeting

In addition to the upcoming 2022 Midterm election, New Yorkers can begin participating in the city’s first-ever citywide participatory budgeting process. The process, called The People’s Money, is split into four phases between September 2022 and June 2024 allowing residents to propose ideas for projects that could better the lives of NYC residents and then vote on them. The winning projects will be announced in June 2023 and implemented in the following year.

Visit the New York City Civic Engagement Commission website to learn more. 

What is participatory budgeting?

The concept of participatory budgeting is not new to NYC. Beginning in 2011, many NYC residents have voted on how a portion of capital funding allocated for their city council district would be spent. The People’s Money will be the first time New Yorkers will have the opportunity to propose and then vote in a citywide process for the allocation of funds for projects, programs and services.

Who can participate in NYC participatory budgeting?

All NYC resident over the age of 11 regardless of immigration status.

Participatory Budget Phases

  1. Idea Generation

    September 19, 2022 – November 9, 2022

    Conversations will be held across the city to learn about the city budget cycle, identify community needs, and brainstorm ideas for expense projects. You can view events as they are scheduled on the NYCEC website. Residents can also propose ideas online at participate.nyc.gov

  2. Project Evaluation and Vetting

    November 9, 2022 – April 21, 2023

  3. Citywide Voting

    April 22, 2023 – June 4, 2023

  4. Announcement of Winners & Project Implementation

    June 04, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Learn more about the phases by visiting the NYC Civic Engagement Commission website.