Represent NYC: Election Coverage - 2021 Election
MNN's coverage of Local Elections: Debates and Candidate Statements 2021 election.
New York City's municipal elections will be held on November 2, 2021. The primary election will occur on June 22, 2021. The primaries will be the first to use ranked-choice voting after it was approved by a ballot question in 2019. The general election is set for Nov. 2, 2021.
This year NYC is voting for a new mayor, comptroller, four new borough presidents and many new City Council members.
- The primary is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. The primary election is set for June 22, 2021.
- The deadline to register to vote is Friday, May 28 and early voting begins on Saturday, June 12. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is June 15.
- Why so soon this year? An early-voting bill signed into law by the governor in January 2019 also moved New York’s primary from September to June.
- The general election is set for Nov. 2, 2021.
Find out all about ranked-choice voting.
Latest Election News
88,000 New York City Voters Shifted from Republican or Independent to Democratic Party Ahead of Primary
The Democratic Party in New York has consistently grown its voter base over the years and has also drawn previously party-unaffiliated and Republican voters to its ranks.
In the 2021 City elections, New Yorkers will be using a new system called "ranked choice" to vote. Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max, Brigid Bergin of WNYC radio, Jeff Mays of The New York Times, and Allie Swatek of the Campaign Finance Board discussed the details of this new way of voting on the latest...
LiveOn NY and City Limits hosted a non-partisan, virtual Mayoral Forum on Aging in New York City.
City wide races
The Mayor of the City of New York is head of the executive branch of the Government of New York City.
The NYC Comptroller is an independently elected official, who safeguards the City’s fiscal health, roots out waste, fraud and abuse in local government, and ensures that municipal agencies serve the needs of all New Yorkers.
The New York City Public Advocate is elected to act as a watchdog for local government in the city of New York, and is first in line to succeed the mayor. Current incumbent: Jumaane Williams
The Manhattan Borough President advises the mayor on land use, appoints community board members, and advocates for the needs of Manhattan borough residents.
The Manhattan District Attorney, sometimes known as The New York County District Attorney, is elected by the public to prosecute violations of New York state laws.
City Council Districts
There are 51 City Council districts throughout the five boroughs each represented by an elected Council Member. There are 10 district in Manhattan.
City Council District 1 covers Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa & Washington Square.
City Council District 3 covers Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, West SoHo, Hudson Square, Times Square, Garment District, Flatiron, Upper West Side.
City Council District 4 covers Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place.
City Council District 5 covers Upper East Side's Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem.
City Council District 6 covers Central Park, Lincoln Square, the Upper West Side, and Clinton.
City Council District 7 covers Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights.
Current incumbent: Mark Levine
City Council District 8 covers El Barrio/ East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris.
City Council District 9 covers Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side, East Harlem.
City Council District 10 covers Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill.
All maps used by permission of NYC.gov
MNN's coverage of previous Elections
See our video and blog coverage of candidates, forums, debates in past NYC elections.
MNN's coverage of Local Elections: Debates and Candidate Statements, for the June 23, 2020 election.
MNN's coverage of Local Elections: Debates and Candidate Statements for the November 2020 election.