YOUR VOTE: New York
Get ready to cast your ballot this fall.
It's election season! Are you ready? With just a few clicks, we'll walk through voter registration, key election dates, and all the documents you'll need. Best of all, you can share this info with your friends and neighbors. Make sure that your vote counts!
I. WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL ANY FURTHER, REGISTER TO VOTE
Need to register? Or maybe you just want election reminders? Thanks to TurboVote, we've got you covered. Just click below:
II. KNOW THE DATES
- November 3, 2020.
General Registration Deadline:
- Postmarked by Fri Oct 9, 2020;
- Post received by Wed Oct 14, 2020; and
- In-Person Request by Fri Oct 9, 2020
Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot:
- New York offers mail-in ballots only to those who are unable to vote in person. COVID-19 does not suffice as a reason to vote by mail.
- Request your mail-in ballot by October 27, 2020.
- An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
New York is not allowing voters to request mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 concerns. If you don't qualify for mail-in voting under ordinary circumstances, you will have to vote in person this November.
III. REGISTER TO VOTE
- Not sure you're registered? This handy widget will tell you whether you're on the voter rolls.
- Here are the requirements to register as a voter in New York.
Need To Register?
- Yes, it's so important we're including it twice. Here's that link again:
IV. WHERE TO VOTE
- School, firehouse or community center, this simple form will tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
- Click here to find contact information for your county Board of Elections.
Do I need to wear a mask to the polls?
- Most likely yes. However, check with your Board of Elections closer to, or on, Election Day to make sure you're compliant with any mask restrictions as applicable.
V. COVID-19 MAIL-IN VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
COVID-19 is NOT an accepted reason for requesting a mail-in ballot. You must qualify for an absentee ballot based on age, disability or other circumstances.
- Request your absentee ballot from your town/city clerk as early as possible. An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
- Here are COVID-19 Absentee Voter Registration Instructions.
Out of town or serving abroad?
VI. WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS
Voter ID Laws:
- New York does not require an ID to vote, except for certain first-time voters.
- Here is the list of accepted credentials.
- Contact your Board of Elections for an acceptable list of options.
Don't have a valid ID?
- Once you have registered to vote, no further voter ID is required to vote in NY except for some first time voters.
VII. HAVING TROUBLE? GET IN TOUCH
The New York Secretary of State:
- Call (518) 474-6220 or email email@example.com.
Voter ID Helpline:
- Call 844-338-8743
Any other questions?
See you at the ballots (or mailboxes), New Yorkers!
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