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New York voter registration guide

Last updated: June 2, 2020
  • You can register to vote in-person.
  • You can register to vote online in New York.
  • Military and overseas voters follow a different process.

New York voter registration deadlines

  • In-person: 25 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day
  • Online: 25 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 will need a NY driver's license to register to vote online, and the address listed on your ID needs to match where you’re registering to vote. If you do not have a NY drivers license, or prefer to register at a different address, you can still register to vote by mail.

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

Double-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.


Need help registering to vote in New York?

Your local election office is responsible for running elections in your area. You should contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote. Mail your voter registration form to your local election office for faster processing.

State election office

This is the state-wide agency that is ultimately responsible for New York elections. You can mail your voter registration form to this address. For faster processing, mail your form to your local election office.

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