Register to Vote

Please read the information below so you don't miss participating in upcoming elections.

In order to register to vote, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older on or before the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote. Beginning January 1, 2020: If you are at least 16 years of age and understand that you must be 18 years of age on or before election day to vote, and that until you turn 18 years of age your registration will be marked "pending" and you will be unable to cast a ballot in any election, you may fill out the registration form and submit. You will be pre-registered as an inactive voter. On your 18th birthday, your registration will be activated.
    You must be 18 years of age on or before the day of the election in order to vote.
  • Live 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 claim the right to vote elsewhere.
  • Register as a new voter prior to the election cut-off. New York State Law establishes a cut-off date twenty-five days prior to each election 5-210(3).

In order to vote in a primary election, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
  • Be an enrolled member of the party. New York State Law outlines the requirements to change enrollment. If you change from one party to another or from No Party to a party, you must do so on or before February 14, 2020. For example, to vote in the 2020 Presidential Primary, you must have changed your enrollment to either Democrat or Republican on or before February 14, 2020. See 5-304(3). In order to vote in the June 2020 Federal/State/Local Primary, you must have changed your enrollment by February 14, 2020. A change of enrollment submitted between February 14, 2020 and seven days after the June 2020 Primary, will not be processed until June 30, 2020 (Seven days after the June Primary).

Voter Registration Forms:

Download and print the form you need below. Be sure to print all information neatly so it can be clearly understood.

Helpful Hint: Voter Registration Forms have 16 boxes, including a party choice and a signature and date line. Check to make sure you have completed 16 boxes!

With this Registration Form, you register to vote in elections in New York State.
You can also use this Form to:

  • Change the name or address on your voter registration
  • Become a member of a political party
  • Change your party membership

Remember: If you are a new registrant
, you must register at least 25 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

These are the deadlines for the 2020 Elections:

  • Presidential Primary - May 29, 2020 (In person and by mail).
  • State and Local Primary - May 29, 2020 (In person and by mail).
  • General Election -October 9, 2020 (In person and by mail).

Remember: If you ARE NOT a new registrant
, all changes to party enrollment are processed immediately, except between February 14th and the June Primary Election. Those changes will be processed seven days after the June Primary. 

For additional information, visit the New York State Board of Elections.

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