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A Guide to the 2022 Midterm Elections in NYC This November

What you need to know, including key deadlines, registration details, and how to vote by mail.

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Even though it’s not a presidential election year, politics are still gonna politic-and there are plenty of important reasons why we should get behind that voting booth.

While the midterm elections are quickly approaching on Tuesday, November 8, don’t sweat it, because there’s still time to get registered and make sure your vote counts. From key deadlines and registration details to information on what you can expect to see on the ballot this year, here’s our guide to voting in NYC.

What are some important dates I need to know?

  • Friday, October 14: Deadline to register to vote
  • Wednesday, October 19: Deadline to update your address
  • Monday, October 24: Last day for the Board of Elections to receive absentee ballot applications
  • Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, November 6: Early voting
  • Tuesday, November 8: General Election

How do I register to vote in NYC by the October 14 deadline?

There are multiple ways to register, but if you have a New York State DMV-issued ID, the easiest is through the state’s official online system via MyDMV.

Additional options include:

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

  • By phone: call 1-866-Vote-NYC to request a voter application before submitting the completed form by mail
  • By email: email your mailing address to [email protected] (be sure to state your borough in the subject line) to request a voter application before submitting the completed form by mail

Heads-up: all registration submitted by mail (including voter applications originally requested by phone or email) must be postmarked by October 14 and received by October 19

How do I check if I’m already registered to vote?

Online via NYC Voter Search or call 1-866-868-3692.

How do I find my poll site?

Along with info on your Election District/Assembly District, it will be highlighted on the notice mailed to your home by the NYC Board of Elections. Or you can check online by entering your home address via Find My Poll Site.

When is early voting and how does it work?

Whether for scheduling purposes, to avoid long lines, or overall convenience, early voting allows for in-person voting over a nine-day period at your designated poll site ahead of the election on November 8. And FYI, this option has only been offered in New York State since 2019.

Happening from Saturday, October 29, to Sunday, November 6, this year, check VoteEarlyNY for more info regarding your home borough.

What’s the deal with absentee ballots, and how do I register?

Applying for an absentee ballot to vote by mail requires a specific reason, such as being absent from the five boroughs on election day or being unable to appear IRL at the polls due to illness.

The process can be pretty meticulous, so if you plan to apply, take note that the deadline for the Board of Elections to receive applications is October 24 (although we suggest you get started on it ASAP). Be sure to check both New York State Board of Elections (and its tracker); and NYC Board of Elections (and its request tracker), along with these FAQs on NYC Votes for more info, and keep these state deadlines in mind.

How do I vote in person on election day?

You can only vote at your designated polling site. Find it by checking your voter registration card that should’ve arrived by mail or also online via Find My Poll Site. Voting hours are 6 am-9 pm. Be sure to bring your voter registration card, and for any further assistance needed, polling workers will be onsite to answer questions.

What are some offices and issues on the ballot?

Governor

  • Kathy Hochul (Democrat): Previously Lieutenant Governor and became Governor of New York State in August 2021 after the resignation of Andrew Cuomo.
  • Lee Zeldin (Republican): NYS Congressman representing Long Island and is backed by the NY Conservative Party.

State Comptroller Citywide

Attorney General Citywide

Proposal Number 1, an Amendment: Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022
Authorizes the sale of state bonds up to $4.2 billion to fund environmental protection, natural restoration, clean energy projects, and more.

Proposal Number 2, a Question: Add a Statement of Values to Guide Government
Proposal to amend the New York City Charger with the addition of a preamble aspiring toward “a just and equitable city for all” New Yorkers.

Proposal Number 3, a Question: Establish a Racial Equity Office, Plan, and Commission
A proposal to amend the City Charter to: Require citywide agency-specific Racial Equity Plans every two years.

Proposal Number 4, a Question: Measure the True Cost of Living
A proposal to amend the City Charter to: Require the City to create a “true cost of living” measure to track the actual cost in essential needs like housing, food, childcare, transportation, and more.

How do I volunteer as a poll worker?

Poll workers can earn up to $2,750 for working up to 10 days. Apply here.

What are some additional resources?

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Tae Yoon was born and raised in Queens, and is the Editor of Thrillist New York.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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