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Register to Vote

New York Voting Rules

Voter Registration Form:
Forms can be found here.

Deadline to Register:
25 days before Election Day (October 10).

Voter Eligibility:
Be a citizen of the United States (Includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), be a New York resident for at least 30 days, be 18 years of age before the next election, not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction, not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court, not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the State of New York).

Identification Requirements:
DMV number (driver’s license number or non-driver ID number), or the last four digits of your social security number.

Where to Turn in Your Registration:
A list of County Boards can be found here.

How to Register Others:
There are no rules. As you collect them, send them to the appropriate county boards.

Absentee Voting:
Absentee voting is available. Excuses are required.

Excuses: Unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day, unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability, a patient in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital, or detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

Application Process:
Click here.

Application must be received by 7 days prior to Election Day (October 28) and ballot must be received by Election Day (November 4).

Early Vote:
No early voting is available.

For More Information:
NYS Board of Elections
40 Steuben Street
Albany NY 12207-2108
(518) 474-6220

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