Everything you need to know to vote in NYC

- The presidential election and several down ballot elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8. For any New Yorker with concerns or questions about voting, you've come to the right place.

For starters, the best information for voters at the ballot box is this: "be patient," says NYC Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan.

"It’s a highly attended event, but that's a sign of a robust democracy,” adds Ryan. 

Keep in mind there are 4.5 million registered voters in New York City.

The best time to vote is the hours leading up to the work day and the hours immediately after the work day.

Polling sites will be fully staffed with workers who are responsible for keeping the process moving along.

"Things like taking selfies is significantly discouraged," says Ryan. "In NYC, you are not allowed to take any selfies in the voting booth because it can impede the process by slowing things down. Also, some poll workers don’t want to be photographed."

As for security concerns, the NYPD says officers will be present at every polling site.

Once you receive your ballot, take it to a privacy booth. Fill in the oval next to your choice of  candidates. 

If you make a mistake, you will be given a new ballot, but the maximum number of copies is three.

A fourth ballot would require a court order.

Once completed, slide your ballot into the  ballot reader.  It  doesn’t matter in what direction you insert the ballot. 

People with  disabilities can use a designated booth for ease of use.

You will not be asked to provide identification, unless you failed to provide the last four digits of your social security number or driver ID number or non-driver ID number.

The polls in NYC open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Have a question or concern, call 866-VOTE-NYC or 212-VOTE-NYC or visit  VOTE.NYC

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