Instructions for voting

Unsure where to start? Follow the steps below.

  • How To: Register to Vote

    Voter registration requirements and deadlines. Register to vote

  • How To: Vote

    Find out how, where, and when to vote. How to vote

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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

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

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

Absentee ballot received by
November 5

Vote on Election Day
November 6

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 6
  • 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.

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