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New York Voting Guide

Whether you're a first-time voter in New York or need a refresher for an upcoming election, getting info to save time on Election Day is helpful. Unsure if you need to register to vote? Wondering where to go to vote? Keep reading to learn more about voting in New York.

Voting In New York State

New Yorkers have many options to cast a ballot and vote for their preferred candidates in the following types of elections:

  • Federal presidential elections
  • Primary elections
  • State elections (state senate)
  • Local elections
  • Special elections
  • Choice voting

Ranked-Choice Voting

As of January 1, 2021, New York City (NYC) moved to ranked-choice voting in the following special and primary elections for the following offices:

  • Mayor
  • City Council
  • Public Advocate
  • Comptroller

Under New York City's ranked-choice voting system, registered voters can rank up to five candidates for any of the offices mentioned above. The candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes wins the office. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of votes, election officials continue counting in rounds. They select a winner through a process of elimination.

Am I Eligible To Vote in New York?

You can vote in New York elections if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age
  • You have been a resident of New York for at least 30 days before Election Day

You cannot vote in New York elections if:

  • A court has found you to be mentally incompetent
  • You are currently in prison or on parole for a felony

In 2021, New York State restored voting rights for anyone with a felony conviction. This includes persons on parole or under post-release supervision. As long as they are not currently incarcerated, they can vote.


Where Do I Vote?

You can check your voter registration status and get your polling place location by searching your first and last name on the New York State Board of Elections website.

How to Register in New York

There are several ways to register to vote in New York. This includes registering:

In Person

Visit the county board of elections or any New York State agency-based voter registration center.

Over the Phone

Call 1-800-FOR-VOTE and request a voter application over the phone.

At the DMV

Visit the DMV in person to register, or use the DMV website if you already have DMV-issued identification.

By Mail

Add your name to the New York voter direct mailing list to receive a mail application.

New York Voting Resources

Your vote counts. Take the time to learn how and when to vote.


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