Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, but voters in Brooklyn and throughout the city can participate in early voting, which kicks off Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 5.
At the ballot box, Brooklynites will get to choose their city council members as well as judges across various courts. There are also two state ballot proposals that deal with debt limits.
If you have not already, the deadline to register to vote is Saturday, Oct 28 and can be done here.
WHEN AND WHERE TO VOTE
Election day is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 — but early voting starts this Saturday, Oct. 28, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 5.
Polling places and hours vary. Prospective voters can use the Board of Elections’ “Find Your Poll Site” tool to locate early voting and election day polling places.
Polls are open at the following times:
- Saturday, Oct. 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 30: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 31: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 1: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 2: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 3: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 4: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 5: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m
WHO’S ON THE BALLOT?
District 33 – Greenpoint and southern Williamsburg
Incumbent Council Member Lincoln Restler, a Democrat, is running for reelection against Republican Martha Rowen, who ran unsuccessfully in the 2022 state Senate race to represent District 26 as a Medical Freedom Party candidate. The Medical Freedom Party represents candidates who are opposed to COVID-19 mandates and “forced vaccinations.”
District 34 – Bushwick and parts of Williamsburg and Ridgewood
Incumbent Democrat Jennifer Gutiérrez is running for reelection against challenger Marguerites Chandler, who is running on the Medical Freedom Party line.
District 35 – Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, parts of Crown Heights
Incumbent Democrat Crystal Hudson is running unopposed, and the race will not appear on the ballot.
District 36 – Bedford-Stuyvesant, parts of Crown Heights
Democrat Chi Ossé, the incumbent, is running unopposed, and the race will not appear on the ballot.
District 37 – Parts of Bushwick, East New York, Brownsville, and Cypress Hills
District 38 – Sunset Park and parts of Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights
District 39 – Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Kensington, and Windsor Terrace
District 40 – Flatbush and Prospect Lefferts-Gardens
District 41 – Parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Weeksville
Democratic incumbent Darlene Mealy, who held the seat from 2006-2017 and ran again in 2021, is running unopposed.
District 42 – Parts of East Flatbush, East New York, and Starrett City
Democrat Chris Banks is running unopposed. He defeated longtime incumbent Charles Barron during June’s primaries.
District 43 – Parts of Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and Sunset Park
District 44 – Gravesend, Midwood, and parts of Borough Park
District 45 – Flatlands, parts of East Flatbush
Incumbent Democrat Farah Louis is running unopposed, with no Republicans in the race.
District 46 – Canarsie, Marine Park, and Mill Basin
District 47 – Coney Island, Bath Beach, and parts of Bay Ridge
The District 47 race is one of the most hotly-contested council contests of the year. After redistricting, Democrat Justin Brannan, who previously served in District 43, chose to run in District 47. Ari Kagan, the incumbent, who was elected as a Democrat, chose to change political parties partway through his term and is now on the Republican ticket.
District 48 – Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Manhattan Beach, and Sheepshead Bay
Incumbent Republican Inna Vernikov is being challenged by Democrat Amber Adler, and Igor Kazatsker — who is still in the fray despite losing to Vernikov in June’s Republican primary. Kazatsker s now running as a third party candidate under the ‘Team Trump’ line, which Vernikov previously slammed as a ploy to scoop Republican votes.
KINGS COUNTY COURT:
Acting-Surrogate Court Judge Bernard Graham is running unopposed to officially fill the spot on the Surrogate Court that was vacated by Judge Harriet Thompson amid a flurry of scandals for allegedly making homophonic and racist comments.
Four Democratic candidates – Monique Holaman, Betsey Jean-Jacques, Linda Wilson and Marva Brown – are all running uncontested for the four seats up for grabs on the Civil Court.
There are six candidates vying for five judicial posts on the Supreme Court in the 2nd Judicial District. Rachel Frier, Joanne Quinones, Heela Capell, Sharon Clarke and Sault Stein are all running on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines.
Caroline Cohen is running as a sole Democratic candidate, while Timothy Peterson is registered Republican/Conservative.
Rena Malik, Democrat, is running unopposed for a seat on the bench of the 1st Municipal Court District.
Democrats Babatunde Akowe and Lola Waterman are running to take the two seats on the bench in the 2nd municipal court district election.
Democrat Javier Ortiz is the only candidate on the ballot for one seat in the 3rd municipal district.
There are two state-wide propositions on the ballot this year that require hearing from all New Yorkers to make a change to the state constitution, touching on the issues of debt limits for small school districts and sewage treatment facilities.
Ballot initiatives are yes-or-no questions, which voters can choose to approve or disapprove while at the voting booth.
Proposition one: Removal of Small City School Districts From Special Constitutional Debt Limitation
A Yes vote on this constitutional amendment would remove the special debt limit for small city school districts. Debt limits would then be established in state law for all school districts.
Proposition two: Extending sewage project debt exclusion from debt limit
A Yes vote would extend the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages for a period of 10 years to remove from their constitutional debt limits debt for the construction of sewage facilities.