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Your Rights as a Voter

You have the right to vote in a primary election if:

  • You are a registered voter and you are enrolled in a party that is holding a primary.
  • You are inside your polling place no later than 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You have the right to vote in a general election if:

  • You are a registered voter.
  • You are inside your polling place no later than 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

In any election, you have a right to:

  • Be assisted by any person of your choice (except your employer or union representative), including a trained poll worker, if you need help to vote. If you need an interpreter, BOE interpreters are available to assist voters at selected sites. Call 866-VOTE-NYC for more information, including which polling sites have interpreters available and for which languages.
  • Ask election workers how to vote.
  • Bring materials with you, including this Voter Guide.
    (Please take these materials away with you when you finish voting.)
  • Vote even if the voting machine is broken.
  • Vote by "affidavit ballot' if your name is missing from the list of voters at your polling site.

You may have to show identification to vote in this election if you are voting for the first time at your polling place.

  • Acceptable forms of identification include valid photo ID or current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck, or government document that shows name and address.
  • If you cannot or choose not to show identification, you have the right to vote by affidavit ballot.