How to Register to Vote
You must complete a Voter Registration Form (PDF) and submit it to the local Board of Elections no later than dates below to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. You must meet the following criteria to be considered a registered voter. Voter registration forms can be found at any post office, town hall or at any local Board of Elections office. Downloadable forms are available online.
November 3, 2020 General Election Deadlines
MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3))
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.
IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212)
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 9, 2020. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 9, 2020, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 24, 2020.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-208(3))
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 14, 2020 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election.
CHANGE OF ENROLLMENT (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-304(3))
An application to change one’s party enrollment for 2020 must be received by the board of elections no later than October 9, 2020.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
- Be a United States citizen
- Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote)
- Reside at your present address at least 30 days before an election
- Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship);
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
- Registering to vote as a convicted felon?
Re-Registering or Changing Your Information
- Once you register, you are permanently registered unless you move.
- Name, address or party enrollment changes can be made by submitting a new registration form in any manner permitted for a registration application.
- If you move, your notice of change of address must be received by the Board of Elections at least 20 days before a special, primary or general election
- You will be notified by the Board of Elections of your new polling site.
- A change of enrollment takes effect 7 days following the general election providing it is received prior to the last day to register for that election.
By enrolling in a constituted party you can help designate candidates by signing petitions and voting in a primary election, however, you are not obligated to vote for your party’s candidate in the General Election, you may vote for any candidate from any party.
To vote in a primary you must register for one of the following constituted political parties by indicating your preference on the voter registration form: Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Green, Libertarian, Independence, or SAM. You can also choose to write-in a party or not enroll in a party, but in either of these cases you will not be able to participate in a primary.
Change of Enrollment
If you are currently an enrolled voter and change your party status, your change will not be effective until after the next General Election.
Note - All changes of party enrollment go into effect once a year. They must be filed 25 days prior to the general election and will go into effect seven days after the general election of that year.
For additional information, visit the New York State Board of Elections.