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, 2021. For example, to vote in the 2021 Primary Election, you must have changed your enrollment on or before February 14, 2021. See 5-304(3).  A change of enrollment submitted between February 15, 2021 and seven days after the June 2021 Primary, will not be processed until June 29, 2021 (Seven days after the June Primary).

IMPORTANT CHANGE: On Sunday, February 14, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order extending the 2021 change of enrollment deadline to Tuesday, February 16, 2021. You have until the close of business Tuesday to change your enrollment. Please note: This is a RECEIPT deadline. You can not postmark or go on DMV on Tuesday, as we will not receive it by the close of business on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. We are open from 9AM-5PM.


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! This form is legal sized. You may need to change your print settings to "fit to print".

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 2021 Elections:

  • State and Local Primary - May 28, 2021 (In person and by mail).
  • General Election -October 8, 2021 (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.