New York | Voting Guide



Registration Deadlines and Election Dates


Due to the risks posed to the public by COVID-19, the presidential primary election has been rescheduled for June 23, 2020.

  • Voter registration applications submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before May 29

  • The last day to register in person is May 29.

  • New York voters may apply to vote by mail using the “Temporary illness or physical disability” excuse. Election officials will send mail-in ballot request forms to all eligible voters. The form can also be accessed here.

  • Applications to vote by mail must be postmarked on or before June 16 or delivered in person no later than June 22.

  • Completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before June 22 or delivered in person by close of polls on June 23.

  • Early voting will take place June 13-21, 2020.

By Mail Voter Registration Deadline: postmarked no later than 25 days before Election Day, received no later than 20 days before Election Day

In-Person Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before Election Day

Change of Address Deadline: 20 days before Election Day


  • Presidential Primary In-Person Registration/Registration By Mail Deadline: May 29

  • Presidential Primary: June 23

  • State Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 29

  • State Primary Election: June 23

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 9

  • General Election: November 3

Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

New York’s voter registration form asks for your New York State DMV number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

First-time voters who registered by mail may be asked to present ID when voting in person if election officials cannot match their New York State DMV number or Social Security number and they did not include a copy of a valid ID with their registration application. Voters may submit the following types of ID:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID

  • Current Utility Bill

  • Bank Statement

  • Government Check or Paycheck

  • Government Document that shows name and address.


Voters who lack an acceptable form of ID may vote by affidavit ballot. Once you have registered to vote and verified your identity, no further ID is required to vote.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • New York allows voters with an excuse to vote absentee.

  • Voters are eligible to vote absentee if they will be:

  • Absent from their county of registration on Election Day (or, if registered in New York City, absent from city on Election Day)

  • Temporarily or permanently disabled or the primary caretaker of a temporarily or permanently disabled person

  • A resident or patient of a Veteran’s Health Administration Hospital

  • Detained in jail awaiting trial or confined in prison for a non-felony offense

  • Absentee ballot applications must be delivered in person by the day before the election or postmarked no later than seven days before the election.

  • Complete absentee ballots must be received in person by the close of polls on Election Day or postmarked no later than the day before the election and received no later than the 7th day after the election.


Early In-Person

  • Any registered voter is eligible to vote early in-person during the early voting period.

  • Early voting in New York is available at designated early voting sites from 10 days before the election through the 2nd day before the election.

  • 2020 Early Voting Period:

  • Presidential Primary Election: June 13-21

  • State Primary Election: June 13-21

  • General Election: October 24 – November 1


Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you must be allowed to vote. Hours may vary for primary elections so check with your board of elections before voting in a primary.

Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in New York affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • As a full-time student in New York, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in New York. For more information, contact the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed New York legal professional.


Last updated May 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114  

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White LinkedIn Icon