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How to Register to Vote

1. Create an account

Create an account at dmv.ny.gov with your New York driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID.

Register Online


2. Register online

Sign in, select “Register to Vote”, and fill out the form.

The DMV will automatically forward your completed form to your county board of elections for approval and processing.


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the New York state voter registration form or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE (8683) to have a form mailed to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Check the boxes to indicate if you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Steps 4-5 · Provide your birthday and check the box to indicate if you’re male or female (optional)

Steps 6–7 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and email address

Step 8 · Provide your address

Step 9 · Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 8

Steps 10–11 · Check the box to indicate if you’ve voted before and provide the year you voted

Step 12 · If you’re reporting a change in name or address, provide the previous name or address

Step 13 · Provide your New York driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box to indicate that you don’t have either

Step 14 · Check the box to select your political party or to indicate that you don’t have a political party

Step 15 · (Optional) Check the boxes to apply for an absentee ballot or to volunteer at a voting place on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 16 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be mailed by Oct 14 to your county board of elections.


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us

1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county board of elections.


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1-2 · Check the boxes to indicate if you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Steps 4-5 · Provide your birthday and (optional) check the box to indicate if you’re male or female

Steps 6–7 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and email address

Step 8 · Provide your address

Step 9 · Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 8

Steps 10–11 · Check the box to indicate if you’ve voted before and provide the year you voted

Step 12 · If you’re reporting a change in name or address, provide the previous name or address

Step 13 · Provide your New York driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box to indicate that you don’t have either

Step 14 · Check the box to select your political party or to indicate that you don’t have a political party

Step 15 · (Optional) Check the boxes to apply for an absentee ballot or to volunteer at a voting place on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 16 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 14 to your county board of elections.


Check if you’re registered to vote

voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a New York address by Oct 9
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 14

Mail
October 14

In Person
October 14

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Who can vote by mail

To vote absentee in New York, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Be absent from your county or the city of New York on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Be unable to vote in person because you have a temporary or permanent illness or disability or because you’re the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
  • Be a patient or inmate in a Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Be detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or in prison conviction for an offense that isn’t a felony


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot request form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Check a box to indicate the reason you’re voting by absentee ballot

Step 2 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General Election only”

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your birthday, county, and phone number (phone number is optional)

Step 5 · Provide the address where you live

Steps 6-7 · Check the box to indicate how you want to receive your ballot for the elections in which you’re voting absentee

If you want your ballot mailed to you, provide a mailing address

Step 8 Sign and date the application form

If you can’t sign because of illness or disability, leave a mark and have a witness provide their address and sign the form.

3. Submit the application

Mail the signed and completed form to your county board. Your application must be postmarked by Nov 1.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your completed ballot to the address on the return envelope so it’s postmarked by Nov 7
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on elections.ny.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 7

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in New York. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at your address by Oct 9
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not be currently judged mentally incompetent by a court

In person ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in New York, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person

If you’re voting for the first time in New York; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy of your New York driver’s license, state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents when you vote in person on Election Day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Under certain circumstances, yes. If you are permanently ill or disabled, you can use the New York Absentee Ballot Application to apply for permanent absentee status. Once approved, New York State will automatically mail you an absentee ballot for each eligible election.

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Election Official.

You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in New York at least once. If you’re voting in New York for the first time and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered (see above), you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a current and valid photo ID that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government document that shows your name and New York address.
If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you cannot appear at the polls on election day because of an accident or sudden illness, then you may be able to vote by Emergency Absentee Ballot. You’ll need to write a letter authorizing a representative to pick up an Absentee Ballot Application and an Absentee Ballot for you. Your representative will need to take this letter to your County Board of Elections. Your County Board of Elections will give the documents to your representative. The application and voted absentee ballot must be returned to your County Board of Elections by 9:00 P.M. on election day. Please contact your County Board of Elections for more information.an accident or sudden illness