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.
Primary Election Registration Deadline: June 3
Primary Election Change of Address Deadline: June 8
Primary Election: June 28
Statewide Congressional and State Senate Primary Election: August 23
General Election Registration Deadline: October 14
General Election Change of Address Deadline: October 19
General Election: November 8
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.
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?
New York law does not require an ID to vote.
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
How Can I Vote?
New York requires an excuse to vote by mail. 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
Absentee ballot applications must be delivered in person no later than the day before Election Day or, if submitted by mail, received no later than 15 days before Election Day.
Completed absentee ballots can be returned by mail or in person. Ballots returned in person must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. If returned by mail, they must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
Any registered voter may vote early in-person during the early voting period, starting 10 days before Election Day through the 2nd day before Election Day. Contact your local board of elections for information early voting locations.
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.
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.
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 2022