The deadline to register vote in New York is: postmarked 25 days before the election. Your application must be received no later than 20 days before the election.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
- be a United States citizen;
- be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you submit a voter registration application*
- live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
- not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
- not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
*You must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote.
Register to vote now!
To check the status of your voter registration, click here.
When can I vote in New York?
Early Voting InformationIn-person early voting available? No
By mail early voting available? No
You can vote early by absentee ballot (in person or by mail) - if you have a valid excuse. You are ONLY eligible for an absentee ballot if you are:
- Unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
- Unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability, or duties related to primary care 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
If you are eligible (see above) for an absentee ballot, please note the deadlines below:
- 7 Days before Election Day -- Last day to submit a request for an absentee ballot by mail. Applications are available at your county board of elections or online.
- 1 Day before Election Day -- Last day to apply for an absentee ballot in-person at your county board of elections AND Last day to postmark your ballot
- Election Day -- Last day to deliver your ballot in-person to the local board of elections
You can also request an absentee ballot in person at the County Board of Elections office in your county up until the day before the election.
Voting Hours on Election DayThe polls are open from:
6:00am to 9:00pm
Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.
What do you need to bring?
If you’ve previously voted in a federal election in New York, you don’t need to bring an ID to the polls. ut you will be asked to sign your name on the back of the registration poll record for that voter. Two poll officials will then compare the signature with the signature on the registration poll record. If the signatures match, you will be permitted to vote.
If this is your first time voting in a federal election in New York, you may have to present ID before voting on Election Day. This is likely if you registered to vote by mail and did not provide proof of identification then. Identification may include (but is not limited to):
- A driver's license or department of motor vehicles non-driver photo ID card or other current and valid photo identification;
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
If you are not able to show one of these items to the poll officials, then you can only vote by affidavit ballot, unless a court order provides otherwise.
For more information, contact your state election office.