Voter Registration Information
Qualifications to Register to Vote:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file the form (NOTE: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote)
- Live at your present address at least 30 days before an election
- Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction and (NYS Ex-Felons Can VOTE)
- Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
How and Where to Register to Vote:
- You can register in person at YOUR County Board of Elections or at any New York State Agency – Based Voter Register Center
- You can enter your name directly into the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) mailing list database to have a New York State Voter Registration Form mailed to you. (NOTE: the same form can be downloaded, using the link below.)
- You can call the NYS BOE at 1-800-FOR-VOTE hotline or your Local Branch Civic Engagement Chair to request a voter application.
You Can Download a New York State Voter Registration Form:
Once the form is completed, you need to print the form and sign it. The New York State Board of Elections cannot accept any kind of digital or Adobe-generated signatures. Then, mail the form to YOUR County board of elections.
How to Make Changes to Your Registration (Change of Name and/or Address):
- The voter registration form should be used as a change of address form. Notices of change of address from registered voters received at least 20 days before a special, primary or general election by a county board of elections which must be processed and entered in the records in time for that election. For more information, visit the New York State Board of Elections Website here.
Change of Party Enrollment
- The voter registration form should be used to change your party enrollment from one party to another or to enroll for the first time in a party. A change of enrollment received no later than 25 days before the general election shall be deposited in a sealed enrollment box and opened the first Tuesday following that general election and entered in the voter’s registration record.
Victims of Domestic Violence
- New York Election Law (5-508) allows victims of domestic violence who obtain a court order from the NY Supreme Court in the county where they are registered to have their voter registration record kept separate and apart from other registration records and not be made available for inspection or copying by the public or any other person, except election officials acting within the course and scope of their official duties. Under a separate section of the law (11-306), you can also be excused from going to your polling place to vote and get a special ballot. For further information, you should contact y our local board of elections for their confidential registration and special ballot procedures.