If you are registering for the first time, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license or NY state ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you you may be asked to provide ID when you vote.  See the section on Voter ID Requirements for a complete list of acceptable forms of ID to bring to the polls.

COVID-19 info

  • The Presidential Primary Election was cancelled by New York Board of Elections, but a federal judge has issued an order to reinstate it. Further details will be posted as they become available.
  • New York will still hold congressional and state-level primaries on June 23, 2020.
    • All eligible voters can vote absentee as "temporary illness" has been expanded to include the potential to contract COVID-19 for elections through June 23, 2020 by an executive order.
    • All voters eligible to vote in the remaining June 23 elections will be automatically mailed an absentee ballot application per an additional executive order.
  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), New York State Department of Health

New York voter registration deadlines

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received no later than 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.

Election Day Registration:


New York voter registration rules

To register in New York you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of New York and the county, city, or village for at least 30 days before Election Day
  • be 18 years old by December 31 of the year you register (You must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary, or other election in which you want to vote)
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
  • not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere

New York voter registration directions

  1. Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Sign and date your form. This is very important!
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
  4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.