Voting in New York
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To vote in New York, you must meet the following requirements:
- be a United States citizen;
- be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote);
- live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
- not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
- not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
When and where
Voters can request an application in the following ways:
- You can register in person at your county board of elections
- or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.
- You can enter your name directly into our mailing list database to have a New York State Voter Registration Form mailed to you.
- You can call our 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline to request a voter application.
- You can download a PDF version of the New York State Voter Registration Form.
If returned by mail, forms must be postmarked at least 25 days prior to the election. It must then be received by elections officials at least 20 days before the election. Registrations in person must be completed at least 25 days prior to the election as well.
As of March 2015, New York is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website. New York's online registration is paperless from the user's experience, but it is not fully automated. The voter fills out the online form and submits it electronically to the DMV. The DMV then attaches a digital signature, prints it out and sends it on for processing and review before the voter is added to the statewide database.
Voting on election day
A non-photo form of identification is required to vote on election day.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
For primary elections, polls at open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. in New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie. Polls open at 12:00 p.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. in all other counties.
Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. for general elections.
- See also: Absentee voting
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you are:
—New York State Board of Elections
Absentee ballot applications must be mailed to the county board of elections no later than the seventh day before the election or delivered in person no later than the day before the election. A voter may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to the county board of election. The letter must be received by the county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. An application form will be mailed with the absentee ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with the ballot.
If sent by mail, the returned ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election and received no later than the seventh day after the election. If submitted in person, the ballot must be received by close of polls on Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
New York is one of 14 states that do not permit no-excuse early voting.
The 2013 New York State Legislature is considering a bill that would create an open early voting period. The bill "would institute early voting for all general, primary and special elections in New York. Under the provisions of this legislation, a 15-day early voting period for general elections and an eight-day early voting period for primary and special elections would be established."
|Bill||Introduced||Assembly Vote||Senate Vote||Gubernatorial Action|
|A689||Jan. 9, 2013 in New York Assembly||on April 30, 2013, 96 to 46|
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- New York Board of Elections "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Long Distance Voter, "New York Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 16, 2013
- Niagra Frontier Publications, New York: Assembly to pass early voting legislation, April 30, 2013