New York | Voting Guide

 
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

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.


2021

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 8

  • General Election Early In-Person Voting Period: October 23 to October 31

  • General Election: November 2

 
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Official Election Websites
 
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Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.


You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
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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.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Most voters do not need an ID 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. If this happens, 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.

 
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/

 
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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 the 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 following conviction for a non-felony offense

You can apply for an absentee ballot online at: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html


Absentee ballot applications must be delivered in person on or before the day before Election Day or postmarked no later than seven days before Election Day.


Complete absentee ballots must be received in-person by the close of polls on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day 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

  • Contact your local board of elections to find early voting sites


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 have the right to vote.

 
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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 June 2021