Voting in
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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in New York, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the New York Election Website or call (518) 474-6220 to learn more about your states voting details.

Have more questions about voting?

Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/9/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for New York

Don’t miss your next election!

New Yorkers may register to vote for the Nov. 3rd general election as long as their application is postmarked by Oct. 9th. We recommend you apply as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19, all New York Voters can vote with an absentee ballot due to the risk of illness to themselves or others.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in New York:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Presidential Primaries

Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in its primary. Visit the New York Democratic Party or Republican Party site for more details.

 

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices, and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.  You must be affiliated with a political party at least 25 days prior to the election to participate.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 24th- Nov. 1st

You can vote in person at your county election board's office, or in the case of New York City, Borough Board of Elections office from Oct. 24th to Nov. 1st, using an absentee ballot. There are also select polling locations open, please contact your county for details.

To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.  Due to COVID-19, all New York Voters can vote with an absentee ballot due to the risk of illness to themselves or others.

Info here on other qualifying excuses.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually, providing your excuse, and select all elections or individual elections.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for New York

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register


Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.

Pre-registration

  • The pre-registration age is 16
As of January 1, 2020 16 and 17 year olds can pre-register to vote in New York.

Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.