Voting in
New York

Brought to you by HeadCount

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
10/9/2019
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 10/9. If you would prefer to vote-by-mail, no excuse is required. We recommend you apply as soon as possible.

Presidential Primaries

Only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in its primary.

Existing New York voters must update their party declaration by Feb. 14th to vote in the June 23rd primary election. New voters must declare by the voter registration deadline.

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.

Find Your Representatives Explore Candidate Guides

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 (click here) no later than Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 2nd.  At this time an excuse is required to vote by mail, but check back for updates as this may change due to COVID-19.

Info here on what qualifies as an excuse.

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.