Voting and Registration Information

REGISTERING TO VOTE

You are eligible to vote in municipal, federal and state elections if you are:

  • 18 years of age (on the date of the election. You can register at 17 if you will be 18 before the election – Send your voter registration card in the year you turn 18 and it
    will be filed on your 18th birthday);
  • United States citizen; AND
  • Registered to vote 25 days before the election.

To vote in a party primary:

  • You must be a registered member of that party.
  • You cannot change your party registration to vote in a primary during that same year.
  • Party registration changes must be filed 25 days before the previous year’s General Election

APPLYING FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION

You may vote by absentee ballot if you are:

  • absent from New York City (or your county, if you live outside of New York City) on
    Election Day;
  • ill or disabled, or serve as primary caregiver for an ill or disabled individual;
  • a patient or inmate in a Veterans’ Administration Hospital; OR
  • detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or are confined in prison for an offense other than a felony.

Deadlines for absentee ballot applications and submissions are as follows:

  • Mail your Absentee Ballot Application or Letter of Application by Tuesday, September 5.
  • Apply for an Absentee Ballot in Person at your local county board of elections office by Monday, September 1.
  • Mail in your Absentee Ballot with a postmark by Monday, September 11 – it also must be received by the local board of elections no later than September 19.
  • Drop off your Absentee Ballot in person by Tuesday, September 12 to your local board of elections office – a friend or relative can drop it off.

TO OBTAIN A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM OR ABSENTEE BALLOT

Go in person to your local county Board of Elections office;

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 12th. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you have general questions regarding eligibility or the location of your polling place, please call 1-866-VOTE-NYC. You can also locate your polling place online, including handicap entrances, at https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search or www.whosontheballot.org.Under federal law, if you are disabled and choose to vote in person rather than by absentee

Under federal law, if you are disabled and choose to vote in person rather than by absentee ballot, you are entitled to assistance. You can rely on the election employees for help. 

At the polls, if you are not on the voter registration list, it may be because your registration form was not received in time or was filled out incorrectly. If you believe that you are eligible to vote, you can still vote by requesting an affidavit ballot. After the election, the Board of Elections will check its records and your vote will be counted if you are indeed eligible.

CASTING YOUR BALLOT

Paper ballots will be used for casting votes, which can be marked using either a pen or a ballot marking device (BMD) as described below. Ballots are counted after they are inserted into an electronic scanner. The scanner will then be used to count the votes after the polling place has closed at the end of Election Day. A bin attached to the scanner will capture and keep the paper ballots as a record of all votes. This new process began in 2010 with New York’s adoption of a new voting system to meet federal accessibility requirements.


The process works as follows:

  • Enter the poll site, sign in, and receive your paper ballot from the poll worker.
  • Mark your ballot through one of two means:
    • Go to a privacy booth and fill out your ballot with a pen by marking the appropriate ovals; or
    • Use a Ballot Marking Device (BMD), which is available for those who are in need of assistance (see below for more information).
  • Once done, place your ballot in the privacy sleeve, proceed to the scanner area, and insert the marked ballot into the scanner to cast your vote. Your ballot can be inserted in any direction.
  • If you make a mistake you can request a new ballot. If you mark your ballot incorrectly by marking more choices for one contest than you are supposed to, the scanner will notify you of an “overvote.” To have your vote count, you must obtain a new ballot and mark your choices correctly before submitting your ballot

BALLOT MARKING DEVICE

Voters will be able to use the Election Systems & Software (ES&S) AutoMARK ballot marking device (BMD), which is mandated to be available at each polling location. Any voter, including voters with disabilities, may use the BMD to view or listen to the ballot in any of the required languages for that poll site (which may include English, Spanish, Chinese - Mandarin, Chinese – Cantonese or Korean). Voters may use the BMD to complete a paper ballot independently and privately on Election Day by using its ATM-style touch screen, Braille-enhanced keypad, sip and puff device or its rocker paddle.

More information on the new process is available at the New York City Board of Elections website.

RESOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

TO RESEARCH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS:

NYS Board of Elections
(800) 458-3453

TO RESEARCH CANDIDATES AND ISSUES:

Citizens Union
(212) 227-0342

Gotham Gazette
(212) 227-0342

NYPIRG
(212) 349-6460

League of Women Voters of NYS
(518) 465-4162

Project Vote Smart
(888) VOTE-SMART