Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are safe and easy ways to register to vote in New York:
In order to register to vote you must:
You can check your voter registration status online, or by calling the Board of Elections at 866-868-3692.
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.
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.