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Register to vote in New York

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New York voter registration guide

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New York voter registration deadlines

  • Register to vote (online): Received by October 9, 2020
  • Register to vote (by mail): Postmarked by October 9, 2020
  • Register to vote (in person): Received by October 9, 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 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 and 18 years old by Election Day to vote (you may pre-register if you are 16)
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, you must have completed prison and parole. If still on parole, your voting rights may have been restored by the governor- check your rights restoration status here:
  • not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere

Register to vote online in New York

  • You must include your New York driver's license number or New York state ID number and the last 4 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
  • Visit the New York online voter registration tool.
  • Fill out all the required fields.
  • You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
  • You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your Local Election Office.
  • The deadline to register to vote online is received by October 9, 2020.

Register to vote by mail in New York

  1. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. 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.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party if you want to vote in that party’s primary election or caucus.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. 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.
  6. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
  7. Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 9, 2020

Register to vote in person in New York

  1. Contact your Local Election Office to find where to register to vote in person.
  2. Bring your New York driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Local Election Office

Contact your Local Election Office if you have questions about New York voter registration.

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