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Registering to Vote

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By  mail, in person, or online — there are many ways to register to vote in New York. No excuses — register today!

Online Voter Registration with the DMV

New York residents can register to vote online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. You will need a valid NYS driver license, permit, or non-driver ID as well as the last four digits of your social security number to begin.

Voter Registration Forms

The NYC Board of Elections is currently required to provide voter registration forms in the following languages. 

English বাংলা 繁體中文 한국어 Español

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has provided additional translations of voter registration forms in the following languages. These forms must be completed in English.

العربية Kreyòl Ayisyen Français Русский язык اردو Polski
Eλληνικά Italiano Tagalog Shqip אידיש   

To register to vote in New York City, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen,
  • be a New York City resident for at least 30 days, and
  • be 18 years of age by the end of the year (you must be 18 on Election Day to vote).

You must not:

  • be incarcerated or on parole for a felony conviction,
  • be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court, or
  • claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside New York City).

You may download, print, and complete a voter registration form to register by mail or hand deliver it to any BOE office

If you do not have a printer, you may pick a form up at your local BOE office  or call 866-VOTE-NYC (212-487-5496 if you are hearing impaired) to request one by mail (English, বাংলা (Bengali), 繁體中文 (Chinese), 한국어 (Korean), and Español (Spanish) forms only).

Guide to New York State Voter Registration Form 

English বাংলা  繁體中文 한국어 Español Polski Shqip Italiano
العربية  Kreyòl Ayisyen Français Русский язык اردو אידיש  Tagalog Eλληνικά

Frequently Asked Questions About Voter Registration

English  বাংলা 繁體中文 한국어 Español Polski Shqip Italiano
العربية  Kreyòl Ayisyen Français Русский язык اردو אידיש  Tagalog Eλληνικά

Not sure if you’re registered to vote, or if your registration is up-to-date? Visit the New York State BOE’s online voter registration look-up service and type in your name, date of birth, and county of residence to check.

Submit a complete voter registration form when you move, change your name, or to change your political party enrollment. Update your voter registration today using the forms below or on the DMV website so you are ready to vote on Election Day!
 
When you move, New York State law requires you to change your address with the Board of Elections within 25 days. Complete the entire form to show your new name or address. Be sure to fill out the section labeled “Voting information that has changed.” Remember to check the box for the party you wish to be enrolled in (do this even if you were enrolled in a party at your previous address).
 
Call 866-VOTE-NYC to check whether your voter registration change has been processed. 
 
If you moved but did not change your address with the Board of Elections prior to the deadline, go to the polling location for your new address and cast an affidavit ballot. 

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has provided additional translations of voter registration forms in the following languages.

English বাংলা 繁體中文 한국어 Español

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has provided additional translations of voter registration forms in the following languages. These forms must be completed in English.

العربية Kreyòl Ayisyen Français Русский язык اردو Polski
Eλληνικά Italiano Tagalog Shqip אידיש   

Online Voter Registration with the DMV

New York residents can register to vote online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. You will need to set up a profile with a valid NYS driver license (or non-driver ID) number and your social security number to begin.

You may download, print, and complete a voter registration form to register by mail or hand deliver it to any BOE office.

If you do not have a printer, you may pick a form up at your local BOE office  or call 866-VOTE-NYC (212-487-5496 if you are hearing impaired) to request one by mail (Englishবাংলা (Bengali)繁體中文 (Chinese)한국어 (Korean), and Español (Spanish) forms only).

 
How do I register to vote?

Fill out a voter registration form and submit it in person or by mail with the NYC Board of Elections (BOE). You can download a registration form from the BOE’s website, pick one up at your local BOE office, at many NYC agency customer service locations, or call 866-VOTE-NYC (212-487-5496 for the hearing impaired) to request one by mail. You can also register online (see next question. The deadline for postmarked and in-person registration submissions is 25 days prior to the election you wish to vote in. If you wish to enroll in a political party, be sure to indicate which party you would like to join on your registration form.

Can I register to vote online?

Online voter registration is available through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. You will need to set up a profile with a valid NYS driver license (or non-driver ID) number and your social security number to begin.

What is a political party?

In New York State a political party is a political organization whose candidate for governor in the most recent election received 50,000 or more votes. Political parties are able to hold primary elections, where voters registered in that party choose the party’s candidates for the general election. (Voters who join a party can still vote for any candidate on any line in the general election).

Other political organizations can put candidates on the general election ballot only, and are known in New York State as Independent Bodies. They cannot hold primary elections. Examples of Independent Bodies include the Socialist Workers and the Libertarian organizations.

Candidates can run on party lines, independent lines, or a combination of both.

In 2016, the NYS political parties are (in ballot order based on the votes they received in the last gubernatorial election):

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • Conservative
  • Working Families
  • Independence
  • Green
  • Women’s Equality
  • Reform
Do I need to enroll in a political party?
 
You do not need to enroll in a political party to vote in general elections. However, registering as a member of a political party allows you to vote in that party’s primary elections, to help decide who will be that party’s candidates for the general election.
 
How do I change my political party or enroll in a party for the first time?
 
If you are a registered voter who wishes to join a political party for the first time or change your political party membership, you must complete and submit a new voter registration form. Your change of enrollment must be received no later than 25 days prior to the general election before the primary in which you wish to vote (generally that means in October of the previous year).
 
How do I register to vote if I am in the military or living overseas?
 
If you are serving in the U.S. military, you, along with your spouse and any dependents of voting age living with you, may register as a military voter in the state of New York. This means you will be able to receive an absentee ballot for all federal, state, and local elections in which you would be eligible to vote based on your residence in the state of New York.
  • Complete a Federal Post Card Application to register as a military or overseas (Federal) voter and return it by mail to your borough Board of Elections officeThis application will also serve as your absentee ballot application for the next two federal general election cycles.
  • If you are registered but your address changes, including if you move back to your U.S. residence, you must contact your borough Board of Elections office and inform them of the change to receive your absentee ballot.
  • In addition the above link, you may request a Federal Post Card Application from your Voting Assistance Officer on base. You can also visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program Website or the Military and Overseas Federal Voting Website for forms and further information.
  • When you register and apply for your ballot, you may specify the format in which you would like to receive your ballot (i.e., mail, fax, or email). If you select the online ballot delivery option, you will receive an email directing you to the state of New York’s ballot delivery site, where you can access your ballot.
  • Regardless how you receive your ballot, you must return your ballot to your borough Board of Elections office by postal mail.
  • If you requested your ballot but have not received it, you may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot and return that to your borough Board of Elections office.
  • If you have any questions, call the New York State Board of Elections at (518) 473-5086 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at (800) 438-8683. You may also contact your U.S. Embassy.
I don't know if I'm registered to vote; how can I find out?
 
Use the Voter Registration Look-up to check your registration status online, or call the 866-VOTE-NYC for assistance.
 
Could my registration have expired?

Your registration has no expiration date, but it may be moved to inactive if you did not vote in the last two federal elections, or if you moved and did not update your address with the BOE.

What if I moved within New York City since the last time I voted?

When you move, New York State law requires you to change your address with the BOE within 25 days. You do this by submitting a new voter registration form and filling in the information on the form, including information in the box labeled “Voting information that has changed”. Fill in your new and old address, check the box for the party you wish to be enrolled in (do this even if you were enrolled in a party at your old address), and provide any other requested information. If you moved but you didn’t change your address with the BOE before the deadline, you should go to your new polling place and vote by affidavit ballot. Call 866-VOTE-NYC to find out whether your change of address has been processed.

Can I keep my registration record confidential if I am a domestic violence victim?
 
If you are a victim of domestic violence and you are concerned about the security of your personal information, you may obtain a court order from the New York Supreme Court in your county to have your voter registration record kept separate and not be made available to the public for inspection or copying. Only election officials acting within the scope of their official duties will be able to access your voter registration record. You may also request a special ballot so you do not need to go to your polling place on Election Day. Contact your borough Board of Elections office to find out more about their procedures for confidential registration and special ballots.
 
I am currently homeless, can I register and vote?

Yes, you have the right to register and vote. Fill out a voter registration form and write a location where you can be found, such as “Bench on Central Park on 86th Street”, as the address where you live. You will be assigned a poll site based on this address. Write the address of a shelter, P.O. Box, or family member as the address where you receive mail. Your voter card will be sent to this address.

Does a felony conviction affect my right to register and vote?

You may not register or vote, if you have been convicted of a felony and for that felony:

  • You are currently incarcerated; or
  • You are under parole supervision.

You may register and vote if you were convicted of a felony and for that felony:

  • You were sentenced to probation;
  • You were not sentenced to incarceration or your prison sentence was suspended;
  • You have served your maximum prison sentence, in which case you are able to re-register to vote
  • You were on parole and then discharged, in which case you are able to re-register to vote; or
  • You have received a pardon.
Does a misdemeanor conviction affect my right to register and vote?

You can register and vote, even from jail, if you have been convicted of only a misdemeanor. The same rules apply whether you were convicted in a New York court, another state’s court, or a federal court. You do not need to provide any documentation about your criminal record in order to register and vote.