Voting Access and Rights

Voting Access and Rights

Know Your Rights

In any election, you have a right to:

  • Be assisted by any person of your choice (except your employer or union representative), including a trained poll worker, if you need help to vote.
  • Bring an interpreter into the voting booth.
  • Click on the Poll Site Language Assistance List to see where interpreters are available in some languages.
  • Ask election workers how to mark and cast your ballot.
  • Bring materials about candidates and ballot questions with you, such as the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) Voter Guide. (Please take these materials away with you when you finish voting.)
  • Vote even if the voting machine is broken.
  • Vote by "affidavit ballot" if your name is missing from the list of voters at your polling site.
  • Take time off from work to vote: New York State Law allows you to take up to three paid hours off at the beginning or end of your shift to vote, as long as you notify your employer at least two days before Election Day.
  • Under federal and state law, persons with disabilities are entitled to assistance with voter registration, accessible polling sites, and assistance with casting their ballot. If you have a disability and believe you have been denied your right to assistance while voting or registering to vote, please call 311.

Learn more about Know Your Rights

Public Service Announcements: Early Voting and Knowing Your Interpretation Rights

Watch this public service announcement to understand how you can participate in the Early Voting period.

Watch this public service announcement to know your interpretation rights when visiting your local poll site.