Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update:
– IN PERSON: October 9, 2020
– MAIL: Postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by board of elections no later than October 14, 2020
Link to Application: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check and Update Registration Here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for absentee mail ballot application:
– IN PERSON: November 2nd, 2020
– MAIL: Postmarked no later than October 27, 2020
OK TO IN-PERSON DROP OFF YOUR VOTED MAIL BALLOT AT EARLY VOTING OR AT POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY.
Surrender Rule? Not Applicable. Because in NY you can still vote in person if you request and Absentee Ballot! Even Can Still Vote in Person if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person. NY state Election Law recognizes that plans change. The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: on or before november 3, 2020 8PM
4. Early voting information
- Early voting is available 10 days prior to Election Day until 2 days prior to Election Day. (Oct 24, 2020 – Nov 1, 2020)
- The number and location of poll sites in each county is determined by the local Board of Elections. The size of a county will impact the number of poll sites made available. Poll sites must be open at least eight hours every weekday, between 7:00AM and 8:00PM. Additionally, at least one poll site must be open until 8:00PM on two weekdays. Poll sites must be open for at least five hours on weekends between 9:00AM and 6:00PM.
- To find your polling place as well as other relevant voter information visit: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.elections.ny.gov/INDEX.html or contact the New York State Board of Elections by phone 518.474.6220 or email: INFO@elections.ny.gov
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county
Sign Up Here: https://www.elections.ny.gov/BecomePollworker.html
6. Additional Questions?