Register to Vote

Voter Info | September 1, 2017

Voting is the most powerful way to ensure your leaders represent your values.

Registering to vote in New York is simple, but your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the election you wish to vote in.

In order to register to vote you must:

  1. Be a United States citizen;
  2. Be 18 years old by the end of the year in which you file your registration form (you must be 18 years old by the date of the election in which you want to vote);
  3. Live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  4. Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  5. Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court;
  6. Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Registered voters without a party affiliation may only vote in general and special elections. Note: You cannot change your party enrollment and vote in the new party of your choice in the same year. An application to change one’s party enrollment for 2018 must be received by the board of elections no later than October 13th, 2017.

As of January 2017, New York is one of the 34 states that has implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website. New York’s online registration is paperless from the user’s experience, but it is not fully automated. The voter fills out the online form and submits it electronically to the DMV. The DMV then attaches a digital signature, prints it out and sends it on for processing and review before the voter is added to the statewide database.

If you are a college student, you can choose to register at your home address or in your college community.  Here is a brochure from the League of Women Voters about your voting rights as a college student and some things to consider when deciding where to register.

For more information, including how to register to vote and to find out where your polling place is, visit the New York State Board of Elections website.

In addition to the state Board of Elections, the New York League of Women Voters has a great voter services webpage as does the League of Women Voters of the City of New York.

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