New York

37% of 18-29 year olds voted in New York in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be postmarked or delivered on or by October 9, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election.

Check Registration Status

Check your New York voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of New York and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before Election Day, be 18 years old by Election Day, not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship), not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court, and not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

  • You may pre-register to vote if you are 16 or 17, but you cannot vote until you are 18.
  • College students have a choice of whether they want to vote in New York or vote in their home state. You may only be registered and vote at one location.

Deadline

The deadline to register to vote in New York for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 9, 2020. If you are registering by mail, your application must be postmarked by October 9, 2020, and received by the Board of Elections no later than October 14, 2020.

 

Voter Registration Process

In New York, you may register to vote online, in-person, by mailing in a printable application, or by requesting a paper application be mailed to you.

  • Further voter registration information for New York can be found here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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New York offers absentee by-mail and early in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Voters may select “temporary illness or disability” due to the potential of contracting COVID-19 as a reason as to why they want to vote absentee.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

In New York, you must have a reason to be eligible to vote by mail. Eligible reasons to apply for an absentee ballot can be found here. Click here to access New York’s absentee voting application.

  • The deadline to have your absentee ballot application postmarked is October 27, 2020. November 2, 2020 is the last day to apply in-person for an absentee ballot.
  • Absentee ballots must be delivered in-person to the Board of Elections by the close of polls on Election Day. If you are returning your absentee ballot by mail, your ballot must be postmarked by November 3, 2020 and received by the local Board of Elections no later than November 10, 2020. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than November 16, 2020.
  • Further absentee voting information for New York can be found here.

Early Voting

New York offers early voting.

  • Early voting will be available October 24, 2020 – November 1, 2020.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 6am-9pm.

  • If you are a new voter who is registering by mail, you may be required to show identification when you go to vote for the first time.
  • Further New York voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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