Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATE

FIRST TIME VOTERS

Congratulations on Registering to Vote! As a citizen (age 18 or older) you have the right and responsibility to vote in elections. Educate yourself on the candidates and issues in each election.

Once your registration has been processed by your county Board of Elections you will be mailed a card giving your polling place. If you do not receive the card in 4-6 weeks or have questions you may call them:

  • New York City 212 487-5300
  • Nassau County 516 571-2858
  • Suffolk County 631 852-4500

Although only enrolled members of a party can vote in that party’s primary election, registered voters may vote for any candidate of any party on Election Day in November.

If you will be out of your county, or are physically unable To get to the polling place, you may request an absentee ballot from your Board of Elections. To be sure your request is processed, ask for this form at least 4 weeks before Election Day.

ID Needed for Voting in New York State

Federal law requires persons who register by mail for the first time to provide identification. Identification means a current NYS driver’s license or the LAST FOUR digits of your Social Security number.

If you do not have either of these, you may provide a copy of a valid photo ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government documentation that shows your name and address. If you do not provide identification when you registered, you will be asked for it the first time you vote.

NEVER LEAVE THE POLLING PLACE WITHOUT VOTING! If your name is not on the list, ask for a provisional ballot!

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