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Registering to Vote

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How can I register to vote?

Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are safe and easy ways to register to vote in New York:

  • You can now register to vote online
  • Go to If you have a state ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") you will be able to register seamlessly through that system. If you do not have a DMV ID you can choose to receive a pre-filled form and a postage-paid, addressed envelope, or you can print the pre-filled form and mail it immediately. The registration will not be complete until this form is mailed to and processed by the Board of Elections. (You can also download and print voter registration forms from the Board of Elections website.)
  • You can also register in-person at your local County Board of Elections, any DMV office, or a number of other New York State agencies.

The deadline to register to vote is October 28th, 2023.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

In order to register to vote you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States (includes those persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days
  • Be 18 years old by the end of this year
  • Not be in prison for a felony conviction.
  • Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).
  • A person who is at least sixteen years of age and who is otherwise qualified to register to vote may preregister to vote and shall be automatically registered upon reaching the age of eligibility as provided by this chapter.

I think I am already registered to vote. How can I find out?

You can check your voter registration status online, or by calling the Board of Elections at 866-868-3692.

When do I have to register to vote?

Registration forms sent through the mail (including forms created through the NYC Votes TurboVote platform). In New York, voters must be registered 25 days before an election to be able to vote in that election. If you are planning to register to vote by mail it would be best to do so as soon as possible, given possible delays with the United States Postal Service.

The deadline to register to vote is Saturday October 28th, 2023.

What if I have moved since the last time I voted?

You should update your voter registration with a new address or name change. Making these changes is simple.

If the change of address was not processed (or never submitted), and you have moved within New York, you still have the right to vote! You may cast an affidavit ballot at your assigned poll site for your new address. This applies to voters who moved within the same county (e.g., from one Brooklyn (Kings County) address to another Brooklyn address) or between counties (e.g., from Queens to the Bronx). When casting an affidavit ballot due to an address change, the affidavit ballot will be used to update your voter registration for future elections.

The deadline to update your address is Monday October 23rd, 2023.