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Description/Abstract: Election Day, Tuesday, 11/3
Occurring on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, Election Day is the day for the election of pubic officials in the United States. On Tuesday, November 3, 2009 there is an "off year election," or election held in an odd-numbered year, meaning that the only elections in the Congress are special elections, with a few gubernatorial and mayoral races and state legislative actions, local offices, and citizen initiatives.
The uniform date was set by Congress in 1845, with Presidential elections to be held in even years divisible by four. Tuesday was settled on because it did not pose schedule conflicts with Biblical Sabbath or market day.
This year Election Day in New York City will call upon voters to cast their ballots for candidates running for the offices of Mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and multiple city council districts. On November 3, the Gottesman Libraries will post stories about the current election, as well as the history of Election Day.
For information about local elections please see the Board of Elections in New York City.