November 5 was Election Day for 2019. Traditionally the first Tuesday after November 1
is when Americans vote for the candidates of their choice for political offices.
The New York City Board of Elections was established in 1901, replacing the Bureau of
Elections. Here is an excerpt from the Board of Elections Annual Report of 1917 with
results for Mayor and Comptroller among others:
Note the distribution of “war ballots” to those serving in the armed forces during World
This page from the 1989 Annual Report shows the results of that year’s Mayoral election.
David N. Dinkins became the first African-American to be elected Mayor of New York City.
The New York City Campaign Finance Board was instituted in 1988 through a city voter
referendum. This independent agency ensures that private money for political campaigns
is limited, by providing matching public funding. The Campaign Finance Board also
provides voter guides, public disclosure reports of candidates’ campaign finance
information and various other reports for the public interest.
A Decade of Reform describes the first 10 years of the Board’s mission.
Fact Sheet from 1997 elections published in the report:
New Yorkers Make Their Voices Heard: a Report on the 2009 Elections was a later
Information on contributions and expenditures of candidates for Public Advocate: