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New York: Voter Guide
Voting Information // New York

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

Voting Qualifications

Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
Not be adjudged incompetent by a court
Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
18+ Years of Age
Be a resident of New York and the county, city, or village for at least 30 days before Election Day
United States Citizen


In Person - 
25 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Postmarked 25 days before Election Day and received no later than 20 days before Election Day
Online - 
25 days before Election Day
In Person - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 1 day or more before Election Day
Mail - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 15 days or more before Election Day
Mail - 
Voted ballot postmarked on Election Day and received 7 days after Election Day
In Person - 
Between 2 and 10 days before Election Day

More Information

Political party enrollment is optional but in order to vote in a primary election of a political party, a voter must enroll in that political party.

You may vote by absentee ballot in New York if you expect to be:

  • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City, absent from New York City, on Election Day
  • Unable to appear at the polls due to illness or physical disability or because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled
  • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital
  • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

Registered voters do not need to show ID to vote, unless they did not provide identification with their registration.


First time voters must provide identification either on or with their voter registration application. If you have not provided ID by Election Day, you are still allowed to vote by affidavit ballot, but not using the poll site scanner.


Acceptable ID includes entering one of the following on your Voter Registration Application:

  • Driver's license number
  • Non-driver's ID number
  • Last four digits of your social security number


If you do not provide your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you can include a copy of any of the following documentation with your registration application:


  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Current Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Check or Paycheck
  • Government Document that shows Name and Address