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Requirements to vote:

  • 18 years old on or by Election Day.

  • US citizen.

  • Resident of New York and your county, city or village for 30 days before Election Day.

  • Not have claimed the right to vote elsewhere.

  • Nor be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship).

  • Nor have been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.

How do I register?

  • In the state of New York, you can register to vote online, via mail, in person, by phone, or through a Third Party Registration Agent.

  • To register online, every applicant requires NYS driver license, permit, or non-driver ID card, a ZIP Code currently on record with the DMV and a social security number (

    • The deadline to register online is 25 days before Election Day.

  • To register via mail, request a New York State Voter Registration form via mail by entering your name directly into our mailing list database.

    • Your form must be postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received by a board of elections 20 days before Election Day.

  • To register by phone, call the 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application.

  • To register in person, go to your county board of elections or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.

    • You may also submit your voter application form at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on their web site if you already have DMV-issued identification.

    • The deadline to register in person is 25 days before Election Day.

  • You do not need to enroll in a political party to vote in general elections. However, registering as a member of a political party allows you to vote in that party’s primary elections, to help decide who will be that party’s candidates for the general election.

  • If you legally change your name, move to a new address, or want to change your party affiliation, you should submit a new voter registration form to your board of elections.

    • The deadline to update your name or your address is 20 days before Election Day. The deadline to update your party registration is 25 days before Election Day.

  • If you are a victim of domestic violence who would like your voter registration information to be confidential, before you register you can apply to the Supreme, County, or Family Court in your county for an order granting confidentiality, and requiring that your records be kept separate from other voter registration records. Those separate records cannot be seen or copied by anyone other than election officials. When you take a copy of that order to your local Board of Elections and register to vote, your records will be confidential and not available to the public.

Can I pre-register?

  • You can pre-register if you will be 18 years old by the end of the calendar year in which you register to vote.

  • You may vote in the primary election even if you are still 17, as long as you will be 18 by the general election.

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