This portal is intended to be the one-stop destination for New Yorkers to learn how to register to vote, find their polling locations and vote-by-mail options, and to see when the next elections are being held.
Voting is the most effective way to create change and make sure your voice is heard in New York and in this country. Registering to vote is the first step in exercising this right as a citizen. Register as a New York Democrat today.
2021 Primaries Voting Dates and Deadlines
- June 12-20: Early Voting for the Democratic Primary Elections
- June 22: Democratic Primary Elections
- June 15: Last day to postmark, email, or fax application or letter for a Democratic Primary ballot.
- June 21: Last day to apply in person for a Democratic Primary ballot.
- June 21: Last day to postmark your Democratic Primary election ballot. The ballot must be received by the board of elections no later than June 29.
- June 22: Last day to deliver your Democratic Primary ballot in-person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls.
- February 14: Changes of enrollment for the Democratic Primary Elections must be received by the BOE by this date.
- May 28: Last day to register in person for the Democratic Primary Elections.
- May 28: Last day to postmark your voter registration application for the Democratic Primary Elections. It must be received by the board of elections by June 2.
- June 2: Any Changes of Address must be received by the BOE on this date for the Democratic Primary Elections.
Qualifications to Vote:
- You must be a United States citizen and at least 18 years old. You may pre-register at 16 or 17 years old, but you won’t be able to vote until you are 18.
- You must also be a resident of New York, for at least 30 days before the election. If you are changing your registration to another address within New York, you must be a resident of your respective county, city or village for at least 20 days before the election. You must also not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
- You must not be in prison, on parole for a felony conviction, or be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court. This is unless your parolee status has been pardoned, or your citizenship rights have been restored.
How do I register?
Registering to vote is simple, fast, and easy. You can either register in-person, online, or via mail.
- In person, you can register at your County Board of Elections or at any New York State Agency-Based voter registration center.
- You can also register at the Department of Motor Vehicles, either in person or on their web site if you already have DMV-issued identification.
- If you have access to a NYS driver license, permit, or non-driver ID card, you can fill out a voter registration form online at the NYSDMV’s website.
- If you prefer to mail in your application, or if you do not have access to a NYS driver's license, permit, or non-driver ID card you should complete an application to register to vote and mail it to your County or City Board of Elections. For more information, and to gain access to these forms, please visit the Board of Elections website here.
When do I need to register by?
- If you are registering in person, or online, you must register at least 25 days before Election Day.
- If you are voting by mail, you must have your application postmarked 25 days before Election Day, and it must be received 20 days before Election Day.
Ranked Choice Voting How-To
- Starting in 2021, New York City voters will use an all-new Ranked Choice Voting format to conduct their primary and special elections for local offices.
- This 2021 Cycle, NYC’s new Ranked Choice Voting for will be used in the June Democratic Primaries for the following offices: Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and all City Council Seats.
- You will have the opportunity to rank up to 5 candidates in the order of your preference. You still have the opportunity to vote for one candidate if you prefer - and ranking other candidates won’t harm your 1st choice.
- You cannot rank a candidate more than once. If that occurs, only your top ranking for them will count.
- Choosing more than one candidate as your first choice will result in the invalidation of your ballot.
- If a candidate receives more than 50% of first-choice votes, they win the election. If no candidate reaches the 50% threshold - counting will continue.
- Each round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. If your top-choice candidate is eliminated, then your vote goes to the next highest ranked candidate on your ballot.
- Candidates are eliminated until there are two candidates left, leaving the candidate with the most votes as the winner.
- You can read more about the process here.