How to Vote in New York

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How to Register to Vote in New York

In New York, you may register to vote either online, by phone, by mail, or in person:

  • Online: Register to vote through the DMV website using your driver’s license or state ID, your Social Security number, and your ZIP code.
  • By calling: Call the New York state voting hotline at 1(800) FOR-VOTE to request a voter application.
  • By mail: Download and complete the New York voter registration form and mail it to the address for your county provided in the form.
  • In person: Register to vote at your local county board of elections or at any New York State public agency designated as a voter registration center, including the DMV, Department of Social Services, Department of Health, and more.

To qualify to vote in New York, you’ll need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a legal resident of the county in New York where you’re registering for at least 30 days before the election;
  • Not have the right to vote in another state or county;
  • Not be in prison or out on parole for committing a felony;
  • Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.

If you can tick all of the proverbial boxes above, you can register to vote in New York, as long as you have a New York state driver’s license or ID card.

The general elections are coming up on November 3, 2020, and your country needs your vote. If you’ve never voted before, you can register by October 10 in person or by postmarking your mailed application by October 9 to be ready for the November elections.

Am I Registered to Vote in New York?

If you’re not sure whether you’re registered to vote in New York, you can quickly look up the information using New York state’s VoterLookUp page. You’ll need to enter your name, date of birth, ZIP code, and county. Save the page — you can also find your polling location for Election Day.

Early Voting in New York

New York provided early voting for the first time last year. Some New Yorkers will be unable to vote on Election Day. Others may want to avoid the long lines. New York’s early voting period will run between October 24, 2020, and November 1, 2020, and is available for all New York registered voters.

Voting in New York on Election Day

If you’re unsure of where to go to vote on Election Day, check the state’s Voter Look Up page. Enter your registration information to find where to go. Alternatively, look at your voter registration card for the nearest polling place.

New York’s polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the November 3 general election. Take your voter registration card and your state photo ID or license.

Why Voting Is Important

When you vote, you’re part of the democratic process to choose the leaders you feel best represent you and your values. You’ll be voting for our next President and Congress members in the November elections. Besides voting for your future representative, elections help shape the state’s minimum wage laws and taxes. Some of the decisions voters have made possible in the past include:

Don’t delay and register to vote in time for the general elections. Every vote counts.

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