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.

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New York voter registration deadlines

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day. Received 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day

Election Day Registration:

N/A

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
  • 16- and 17-year-olds may preregister to vote, but cannot vote until they are 18
  • 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.