Registering to Vote

Register to Vote

How can I register to vote?

Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are safe and easy ways to register to vote in New York:

  • Go to nycvotes.turbovote.org. If you have a state ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) you will be able to register seamlessly through that system. If you do not have a DMV ID you can choose to receive a pre-filled form and a postage-paid, addressed envelope, or you can print the pre-filled form and mail it immediately. The registration will not be complete until this form is mailed to and processed by the Board of Elections. (You can also download and print voter registration forms from the Board of Elections website.)
  • You can also register in-person at your local County Board of Elections, any DMV office, or a number of other New York State agencies.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

In order to register to vote you must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18);
  • resident of this State and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election;
  • not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless you’ve been pardoned or restored rights of citizenship);
  • not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and
  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

I think I am already registered to vote. How can I find out?

You can check your voter registration status online, or by calling the Board of Elections at 866-868-3692.

When do I have to register to vote in the November 2020 general election?

The deadline to register to vote in New York is October 9, 2020.
Registration forms sent through the mail (including forms created through the NYC Votes TurboVote platform) must be postmarked no later than October 9 and received by your local County Board of Elections no later than October 14. Forms sent via myDMVonline or completed in-person must be submitted by October 9. In New York, voters must be registered 25 days before an election to be able to vote in that election. If you are planning to register to vote by mail it would be best to do so as soon as possible, given possible delays with the United States Postal Service.

What if I have moved since the last time I voted?

You should update your voter registration with a new address or name change by October 14. Making these changes is simple.

If the change of address was not processed (or never submitted), and you have moved within New York, you still have the right to vote! You may cast an affidavit ballot at your assigned poll site for your new address. This applies to voters who moved within the same county (e.g., from one Brooklyn (Kings County) address to another Brooklyn address) or between counties (e.g., from Queens to the Bronx). When casting an affidavit ballot due to an address change, the affidavit ballot will be used to update your voter registration for future elections.