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New York voter registration guide

Last updated: July 10, 2020

Check your New York voter registration status

If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your New York registration using the New York voter registration lookup tool.

If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

New York voter registration deadlines

  • Online deadline: 25 days before Election Day
  • By-mail deadline: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day
  • In-person deadline: 24 days before Election Day

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

Register to vote online in New York

You can register to vote online if you have a NY driver's license or state ID card that shows your current address. If not, you can register to vote by mail or in person.

Register to vote by mail in New York

  1. Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
  2. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  3. Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your NY driver’s license number. If you don't have one, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you have neither, write “NONE” in this box.
  4. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party if you want to vote in that party’s primary election or caucus.
  5. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  6. Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
  7. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
  8. Your voter registration form must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day

Register to vote in person in New York

  1. Contact your local election office to find exactly where to go register to vote in person.
  2. Bring your New York driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and New York address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.

Local election office

Contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote in New York.

Statewide election office

This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for New York elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.

NYS Board of Elections  
40 North Pearl Street, Suite 5  
Albany, NY 12207‐2729