be 18-years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote (16- and 17-year- olds may pre-register)
live at your present address at least 30 days before an election
not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
not claim the right to vote elsewhere
be registered to vote
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Online through NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website (dmv.ny.gov) and click on Register to Vote on top banner. (must have a NYS driver’s license, Learner Permit or Non-Driver ID)
In person on any business day at your county board of elections (BOEs) or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act (including State University and City University campuses); see list of agencies at ny.gov and click on National Voter Registration Act on left side panel
By mail by completing a voter registration form available at BOEs, libraries, town halls, post offices, and the League of Women Voters or online (elections.ny.gov) and click on Voting Information on left panel
HOW DO I MAKE SURE I AM REGISTERED TO VOTE?
Visit Voter Registration Search site on the NYS Board of Elections website (elections.ny.gov) and click on Poll Site and Voter Lookup in middle
Call your county BOE
WHERE DO I VOTE?
Check postcard sent by county BOE prior to election with polling site location, dates of election and more
Visit Voter Registration Search site on the NYS Board of Elections website (elections.ny.gov) and click on Poll Site and Voter Lookup in middle box
Call your county BOE
THREE WAYS TO VOTE
Vote in person on primary or election day at assigned polling place
Submit absentee ballot application and vote by absentee If you apply for an absentee ballot and decide to vote in person, in-person vote will be by affidavit ballot
Vote early in person during nine days leading up to election days
HOW DO I VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
Meet one of the qualifications:
Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City, absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day
Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability
Unable to appear because you are the primary caregiver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
In jail or prison for any reason other than a felony conviction. This includes anyone who is awaiting grand jury action, awaiting trial, or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor
You may apply for an absentee ballot in any of the following ways:
By using the online Absentee Ballot Application portal at elections.ny.gov and click on Absentee Voting on left side panel
If you are visually impaired and require a ballot with accessible features, you may apply by using the online Accessible Absentee Ballot Application portal at ny.gov and click on Absentee Voting on left side panel
By going in person to your local county board of elections
By designating another person to deliver your application in person to your local county board of elections and receive your ballot
Return absentee ballot once received and completed; follow instructions provided
DO I NEED IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE?
NO! Your signature is your identification to
You may be asked for identification if it is the first time you are voting in person and registered by