New York voter registration guide
New York voter registration deadlines
- Register to vote (online): 10 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (by mail): Postmarked by 15 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (in person): 10 days before Election Day
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 site.
- 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.
How to register to vote online in New York
You can register to vote online if you have a New York driver license, driver permit, or nondriver photo ID card.
- Visit the New York online voter registration site.
- 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 10 days before Election Day.
How to register to vote by-mail in New York
- Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- 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.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party if you want to vote in that party’s primary election or caucus.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- 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.
- Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
- Your voter registration form must be postmarked by 15 days before Election Day.
How to register to vote in-person in New York
- Contact your local election office to find where to register to vote in person.
- 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.
Same day voter registration in New York
Registering to vote in New York with a felony conviction
Voting rights are immediately restored when you are released from prison. You can register to vote on probation or parole.
- You cannot vote while incarcerated.
- You can vote while on parole.
- You can vote while on probation.
- You can vote upon completion of your sentence.
- No financial obligations.
- Please visit Restore Your Vote for additional information.
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
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