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New York

Abbreviation: 
NY

New York Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in New York, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote
  • A resident of your present address for at least 30 days before the election
  • Not in jail or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not claiming the right to vote elsewhere
  • Not adjudged mentally incometent by a court

New York Polling Place Hours

In the General Election, the polling place will be open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.

For Primary Elections, polling place locations are open from 6:00 am to 9:00pm in New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, Putnam County and Erie County. All other counties in New York State have polls open from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

New York Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

New York ID Needed for Voter Registration

To register to vote you must have either a verifiable New York State driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these, and you are registering for the first time by mail, you may provide a copy of one of the following:

New York Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

New York ID Needed for Voting

If you are a new voter who is registering by mail, you will be required to show identification when you go to vote for the first time. If you are already registered at the board of elections or a state agency, you should not have to show identification at the polls. It is advisable for all new voters to bring identification when voting for the first time. Acceptable IDs to to vote are:

New York Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

New York Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Most polling places are now accessible to the handicapped. If yours is not, you may ask to have your records transferred to a nearby accessible polling place where the ballot will be the same as in your election district. You may also vote by absentee ballot. If you have a long-term or permanent illness or disability, you can apply for a permanent absentee ballot and you will automatically receive one before each primary and general election. For additional information, please visit your state's Board of Election.

New York Provisional Voting

Provisional voting is available if the ballot was cast in the correct precinct.

New York Time Off to Vote

Employers must grant employees sufficient time to vote, unless polls are open 4 hours before or after regular working shift. Employers may designate whether the time is to be taken at the beginning or end of the shift. Employees must notify employers of the need for time off not more than 10 days and not less than 2 days before the election. Employers must post a conspicuous notice of employee rights at least ten days before Election Day.

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