Vote in the 2nd New York Primary Election – August 23, 2022


UPDATE: What elections are there in New York? What am I voting for?

New York will hold a second Democratic Primary on August 23 for US House of Representatives and NY State Senate. The winners of these Democratic primary races will go up against the Republicans in the November 8, 2022 General Election.

Not sure who to vote for?

As part of our ongoing effort to engage Americans abroad in voting in U.S. elections, we have reached out to Democratic candidates to hear where they stand on American abroad issues. Click here to see the list of candidates running on your ballot paper and their answers to questions we asked them on taxation, Medicare portability, and the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision.

All overseas voters can vote for their US Representative. You may also be able to vote to choose the Democratic candidates for your New York state senator. It depends on the category you choose when you register to vote and request your ballot:

  • If you "intend to return": You are eligible to vote in New York state elections.
    *You don't have to have a set date of return and it doesn't have to be within a set time frame, but you do need to have an intention to return at some time in the future.

  • If your “return is uncertain”: You won’t be eligible to vote in New York state elections, but you can still vote in the federal election for the US House.

*Please note: Because the legal requirements to establish “residence” or “domicile” for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form, you may consider seeking advice on these matters from a tax professional. 

New York state elections are hugely important! Democratic control of New York state government is already taking the lead to protect New Yorkers in light of the Supreme Court's abysmal rulings on abortion rights and gun control.

And we can't stop now! State government is responsible for voting and state policies regarding reproductive health care, climate change, gun control, education, health insurance, net neutrality, student loans, and more affect us no matter where we go around the world.

And now's the time to get ready for the November 8 Midterm elections! The Democratic majority in the US House could hinge on your vote. New boundaries drawn up after the 2020 Census have left several excellent Democrats in tough races but have also opened the door to electing Democrats to new seats. 

1) Register to Vote and Request Your Ballot Today

If you haven’t received your ballot yet for 2022, request it now! It’s past the deadline for the Primary, but you’ll be signed up to get a ballot for November 8 Midterm election.

Go to and follow the prompts to fill out the form to request your ballot, the Federal Post Card Application form (FPCA). (If needed, it will also serve as a voter registration.) To ensure you receive your ballot in time, please check the box on the FPCA to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax”.

You can send in your FPCA by email (recommended) or fax or postal mail.
*We recommend you send it in by email to meet the deadline for your FPCA to get to New York, but you must also send in a signed copy by mail and it must be received in New York by
November 21. (You may place the signed FPCA in the outer envelope when you mail back your voted ballot.)

  • If you are registered to vote, you MUST still send in an FPCA to request your ballot in 2022. Your FPCA must be received by November 1, 2022.

  • If you are NOT registered to vote, your FPCA must be received by October 19, 2022.

    *Special Early Deadline for Mailing in Voter Registration: If you are registering to vote and you send in your FPCA by mail, it must be postmarked no later than October 14 and received by October 19. 

2) If You Have Your Primary Ballot, Mail It Back Right Away

To be counted in the NY Primary, your ballot must be postmarked no later than August 23 AND it also must be received in New York by August 30, 2022. 

3) Confirm That Your Ballot Was Accepted and Counted

After you send in your ballot, make sure your vote is counted!

You can check your ballot status online using 

Or, you can email or call your local election office directly. You can find the contact information at:; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"

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