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.
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2023 General Election Dates and Deadlines
- October 28 - November 5: Early Voting for the General Election
- November 7: General Election
- October 23: Last day to submit, email, or fax application or letter for a General Election Absentee Ballot.
- November 6: Last day to apply in person for a General Election Absentee Ballot.
- November 7: Last day to postmark your General Election Absentee Ballot. The ballot must be received by the board of elections no later than November 14.
- November 7: Last day to deliver your General Election Absentee Ballot in-person to your county board or your poll site, by close of polls.
- October 23: is the last day for Board of Elections to receive change of address applications. Note: Duly registered voters who miss the October 23rd change of address deadline can still vote and update their registration by affidavit ballot at the correct poll site for their new address up until the close of polls on Election Day.
- October 28: Last day to register in person for the General Election.
October 28: Last day for the Board of Elections to receive all voter registration applications for the General Election.
Go here to register and request a federal Post Card Application (FCPA)
- October 28: Last day to email or fax your voter registration application*
- October 28: Last day for a General Election request ballot
- November 7: Last day to postmark your voter registration application
- November 7: Last day to postmark your General Election ballot, the ballot must be received by the Board of Elections by November 20
*New Yorkers may return their voter registration or ballot request form by email or by fax to meet the deadline, but must also send in the original form postmarked by November 7 and received by the Board of Elections November 20
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, or be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court. Citizens on parole, probation, or other supervised release CAN register to vote.
How do I register?
Registering to vote is simple, fast, and easy. You can either register in-person, online, or via mail.
- You can register to vote online at the New York State Board of Elections website.
- 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 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 10 days before Election Day.
- If you are voting by mail it must be received 15 days before Election Day.
Ranked Choice Voting How-To
- Since 2021, New York City voters have used Ranked Choice Voting format to conduct their primary and special elections for local offices.
- 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.