Voting in New York
Voter Registration In New York
Who Can Register In New York
To register to vote in New York, you must:
- be a United States citizen
- be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18)
- resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election
- 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
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
You must register to vote at least 25 days before the election you wish to vote in.
New York Election Day Registration
New York does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in New York when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
New York does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. A person convicted of a felony may register or vote at any election if:
-they have been pardoned or restored to the rights of citizenship by the governor, president, or the appropriate authority of another state, or
-their maximum sentence of imprisonment has expired, or
-they have been discharged from parole.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In New York
Where To Vote In New York
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
COVID-19 UPDATE: All voters may use the excuse "temporary or permanent illness or disability" to request an absentee ballot.
Voters can only vote absentee/by mail in New York with an approved excuse. Approved excuses include:
- Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
- Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
- Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
- A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
- Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
Early Voting In New York
New York offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins on the tenth day prior to an election and ends on the second day prior to the election.
Primary Elections In New York
New York has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voters may change their enrollment in a political party up to twenty five days before the general election, which will be effective immediately. Any change of enrollment after February 16 and seven days before the June primary will be effective on the seventh day following the June primary.
Voter ID In New York
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is not required to vote in New York, uness ID was not shown with voter registration. Valid forms of ID include:
- Driver's license number
- Non-driver's ID number
- Last four digits of Social Security number
Additional New York Resources
Your State Election Official
Co-Chairs of New York State Board of Elections
Peter S. Kosinski and Douglas A. Kellner
Phone number: 518.474.6220