How to vote in my state
Last updated: September 13, 2023
Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines
November 7, 2023
New York General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
- Post received: October 28, 2023
- In-person request by: October 28, 2023
- Online request by: October 28, 2023
Absentee Request Deadline
- Postmarked: October 23, 2023
- In-person request by: November 6, 2023
- Online: October 23, 2023
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
- Postmarked: November 7, 2023
- Post received: November 14, 2023
- In-person received: November 7, 2023
Early Voting: October 28, 2023 – November 5, 2023
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You can get an absentee ballot if you are:
- Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
- Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
- Unable to appear 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.
- In jail or prison for any reason other than a felony conviction. This includes anyone who is awaiting grand jury action, awaiting trial, or serving a sentence for a misdemeanor.
You may apply for an absentee ballot by using the online Absentee Ballot Application portal: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/
Applications requesting to receive an absentee ballot by mail must be received by the board of elections in your county no later than fifteen days before the election. For absentee ballots to be received in-person, applications must be received by your board no later than the day before the election.
Voters can also vote up to nine days in advance of the day of the election thanks to city’s new “Early Voting” law. Voters can find their assigned early voting poll site via the poll site locator.
What to Expect
on Election Day
On Election Day, polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM ET.
Voter ID Requirements
You only have to show identification before voting if you registered to vote and your driver’s license number or Social Security number was not verified, or if you did not include a copy of an eligible ID when you registered to vote. Acceptable ID would then include:
- A New York driver’s license
- Non-driver’s ID number
- Documents with the last four digits of your social security number
- A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or some other government document that shows your name and address.
Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.
Areas in New York covered by Section 203
- Kings County (Chinese)
- New York County (Chinese)
- Queens County (Chinese)
- Queens County (Korean)
- Queens County (Bangla)
Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.”
It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose.
Have questions or need help voting?
Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).
Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.