Voter Registration In New York
Who Can Register In New York
To register to vote in New York, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of New York and the county, city, or village you live in for at least 30 days before the election
- Be at least 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file the registration form, AND be at least 18 years old by the date of the election in which you want to vote
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted but have completed all terms of sentencing or have had your rights restored
- 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 restore the right to vote upon completion of sentence, including 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
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
Voters can typically only vote absentee in New York with an approved excuse. During COVID-19, all voters are eligible to use the “temporary illness” excuse due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.
To request an absentee ballot in New York, submit a request online through the state portal. You can also submit a request to your local county board of elections by email, by fax, or in person, or mail a paper application or letter to your county board of elections. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted by mail.
New York does not have an absentee ballot tracking tool, but voters in New York City can use this tool to track their absentee ballots.
To return your New York absentee ballot, mail it back or return it to your local county board of elections, an early voting location during early voting, or a polling location on Election Day. If you are unable to sign your own name, your ballot must be witnessed. The witness must include their name and address with the ballot when you return it.
Early Voting In New York
New York offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 10 days before 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 14 and seven days before the June primary will be effective on the seventh day following the June primary.
Voter ID In New York
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