New York Voter Registration Information



Registration Deadline: You can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election. For full deadline calendar, click here.

Party Affiliation: New York has closed primaries. You must be registered with the party to vote in their primary elections.


Age: Must be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote)

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must live at your present address at least 30 days before an election

Mental Competency: Must not be declared mentally incompetent by a court

Felony Convictions: Must not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction

ID Requirements:
   -DMV Number(driver's license number or non-driver ID number);
   -Last four digits of your social security number; or
   -Copy of a valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or some other government document that shows your name or address.
  If your identity is not verified before Election Day, you will be asked for ID when you vote for the first time. 


Online: New York voter registration application
In person: In addition to the County Board of Elections, you may apply to register to vote at any of the following New York State agency offices.
   -Department of Motor Vehicles
   - Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
   - City Universities of New York(CUNY)
   - Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
   - Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
   - Department of Health
   - WIC Program
   - Department of Labor
   - Department of Social Services
   - Department of State
   - Division of Veterans’ Affairs
   - Military Recruiting Offices
   - Office for the Aging
   - Office of Mental Health
   - Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
   - State Universities of New York(SUNY)
   - Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
   - Workers’ Compensation Board

By mail/ in writing: You can enter your name directly into New York Department of Elections mailing list database to have a New York State Voter Registration Form mailed to you. Or turn in an online form to your local county clerk.

Other Voter Registration Application Information: You can call our 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application.


Online: New York voter registration verification

Phone: Contact County Board of Elections


Who can vote absentee:
   -Unavoidably absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day because of duties, occupation, business, vacation or studies; or accompanying a spouse, parent or child engaged in the above.
   -Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
   -A patient or inmate in a Veterans' Administration Hospital.
   -Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.


Online: New York absentee ballot application

In person: Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections. Applications must be delivered no later than the day before the election in person.

By mail: Download a New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form and mail it to your county board no later than the seventh day before the election. You may also request an Absentee Ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
   -the address where you are registered
   -an address where the ballot is to be sent
   -the reason for the request, and
   -the signature of the voter
  If you use this method an application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.

Military and overseas voting: Persons serving in the military may register and vote from their designated 'home of record' and may fill out a FPCA(Federal Post Card Application) which will serve as registration and absentee ballot application valid for two federal elections. See more Military and Overseas Voter information including specific application and ballot deadlines.

Other absentee ballot information:
If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an Absentee Ballot for each subsequent election without further application. Simply file an application with your county board of elections indicating permanent illness or physical disability. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.


Location and time: In person absentee ballots must be delivered the day before the election by the elector. If they elector is unable to deliver the ballot for a legitimate reason this person has until through the day of the election to deliver the ballot in person. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election.

Other absentee ballot submission information: If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only that person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.


Early voting qualifications: There is no early voting available, however qualified absentee voters may submit their ballots in person before Election Day.


Verifying Registration: New York voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote:

Time off to vote: Employees who do not have 4 consecutive non-working hours between polls opening and closing, and who do not have "sufficient" non-working time to vote, are entitled to up to 2 hours paid leave to vote. Employees must request the leave between 2 and 10 days before Election Day. The employer can specify whether it be taken at beginning or end of shift. Employers must post this rule conspicuously 10 days prior to elect.

Polling Place: New York voter registration verification and polling place finder

ID Requirements: If you did not provide identification with your voter registration form, you will be asked for it the first time you vote. Forms of "current and valid photo identification" include but are not limited to:
   -Government ID card;
   -Military ID card;
   -Student ID card;
   -Public housing ID card;
   -Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable;
   -Utility bill;
   -Bank Statement;
   -Government check (social security, tax refund, military paycheck, or paycheck stub)
   -Other government document documents with your name and address including but not limited to: voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license, or firearm permit. 

How to Vote: New York Voting System

Problems with voting: HAVA Complaint Procedures

Verifying provisional ballot status: Contact County Board of Elections

Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact County Board of Elections