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Election 2020: Get Ready to Vote

Find information on how to register, absentee ballots, early voting, finding your polling place, etc.

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Voter Registration in New York

Registration Deadlines

October 9, 2020 is the deadline to send mail in registration forms or register in person.

October 14, 2020 is the deadline for the Board of Election to receive your registration form.

October 14, 2020 is the last day for registered voters to update their address.

For more information go to the Westchester County Board of Elections website.

Eligibility

  • Age: At least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Residence: Must be a resident of New York for at least 30 days before the election
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
  • Check to see if you're registered.

 

In person

You can register in person at your county board of elections, at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center, or at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Due to COVID-10 the DMV is offering limited in person services. Please check this website to verify if in person voter registration is available at a DMV office in Westchester County.

Online registration

Online registration via the Department of Motor Vehicles. You will need your NYS driver's license, permit, or non-driver ID card, and social security number.

Mail-in registration

Printable forms: English and Spanish

            

Updating registration

Print the voter registration form in English or Spanish to update your name, address or change of political party affiliation.

Get Ready to Vote

Register to Vote

In person

You can register in person at your county board of elections, at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center, or at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Online registration

Online registration via the Department of Motor Vehicles. You will need your NYS driver's license, permit, or non-driver ID card, and social security number.

Mail-in registration

Printable forms: English and Spanish

Important Dates

  • October 9 is the last day to postmark your voter registration form
  • October 10 is the last day to register to vote in person at your county Board of Elections office
  • October 24 is the first day to vote early
  • October 27 is the last day to postmark application for absentee ballot by mail.
  • November 1 is the last day to vote early
  • November 2 is the last day to apply in person for absentee ballot
  • November 2 is last day to postmark absentee ballot.
  • November 3 is the last day to deliver absentee ballot in person at board of elections.
  • November 3 is the general election, vote in person at your assigned polling place.

ID Requirements for New York Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

A New York State driver license, permit, or non-driver ID card and social secrutiy number is required.

If you do not have a DMV or social security number, you may use a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or some other government document that shows your name and address. 

ID Requirements for Voting

If the County Board of Elections is unable to verify your identity when you register, you will be asked for ID when you vote for the first time. Otherwise, you will not need to bring any ID to the polls.

Where to get an ID

Due to COVID-19 some DMV offices are limiting their in person services, please use the link above to verify your local DMV is fully operational.

Requirements for an ID

Casting a Ballot in New York

Absentee voting

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

In order to apply for and receive an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from said city, on Election Day.

  • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability; or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at your county board of elections.

You may also download a PDF version of the New York State Absentee Ballot Application Form

More info: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html

Early Voting in New York State

What is early voting?

Early voting in New York State allows you to vote in person at a poll site within your county for nine (9) days, beginning 10 days before an election and ending 2 days before an election. Early voting is not available on the day before any election day. You do not need to have a reason or excuse to vote early.

Do I need to registered to vote early or can I register at any early voting poll site?

You still must be registered in advance to vote early in NYS.  You cannot register to vote during early voting or at the polls on an election day. The registration form is available on the NYS BOE website.

Polling places and hours

  • Use the Polling Place Locator to find your polling place: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
  • Primary Elections
    • In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Erie, POLLS OPEN AT 6 AM - CLOSE AT 9 PM. In all other counties, POLLS OPEN AT 12 NOON and CLOSE AT 9 PM.

  • General Elections

    • Polls are open from 6 am - 9 pm.

Ballots

NYC Voters' Guide - nonpartisan guide to candidates and referenda on the ballot: https://www.nyccfb.info/voterguide.

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

  • Lyft (www.lyft.com) provides free or discounted rides in some underserved communities
  • Political parties sometimes arrange rides for voters. Contact the local office:

Help for disabled voters

  • The New York State Board of Elections is committed to providing exemplary assistance to all voters, including those with access needs. Any voter who requests assistance is entitled to receive it, regardless of the reason.

  • In addition to poll worker training, we also strive to serve all voters by creating accessible polling places.

  • The New York State Board of Elections has also made registering to vote accessible to all voters by offering multiple methods for completing a Voter Registration Form on their Voter Registration page.

More info at: https://www.elections.ny.gov/MeetingVoterAccessNeeds.html