Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all New York voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.
Absentee voting is available if you meet any of the criteria below. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 7 days before the election. To be counted, an absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the board of elections no more than seven days after the election. You may drop off your absentee ballot in person on Election Day.
You are eligible for an absentee ballot if:
You are unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
Unable to appear at the polls due to illness or disability (or a primary care giver of individuals who are ill or physically disabled)
Are a patient in a Veterans Administration Hospital
Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.
Applications for absentee ballots are available from your county board of elections.
If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only the person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot.
If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an absentee ballot for each future elections without further application. You should file an application with your board of elections containing a statement which describes the particulars of your illness or disability. The board will review the facts stated, and if satisfied, will mark your registration record. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.
You may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:
The address where you are registered
An address where the ballot is to be sent
The reason for the request
The signature of the voter
An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person. The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before counting any absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.Request your Ballot
Signed absentee ballots can be returned to drop boxes without a wait at over 300 locations statewide. You can also drop your absentee ballot at early voting locations or at your regular polling location on Election Day. If you are returning your absentee ballot at a polling location you do not need to stand in line. Click here for more information.
Early voting begins 10 days before the election and continues through two days before the election (not voting the day before Election Day). Many counties have multiple voting sites available. Each voting site has different hours, so check here to determine the best voting site for you.
For more information on your specific counties early voting rules, please visit the LWVNY early voting website!
To be eligible to vote, you must be:
To register to vote you must have either a verifiable 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 another acceptable form of ID.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
If you do not provide identification with this form, you will be asked for it the first time you vote. Forms of current and valid photo identification include but are not limited to:
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:
Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
As always, unofficial results (including early voting and election day voting) will be posted on your county’s Board of Elections website following the close of polls on Election Day. Early votes and election day votes will be counted on Election Day.Official Results
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.
In order to be a poll worker in New York:
Polling places will be open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Provisional voting is available and ballots are counted no more than 14 days after a General or Special Election and no more than 8 days after a Primary.
Provisional voting is available if the ballot was cast in the correct precinct.
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.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Beginning in 2021, New York City will use a new Ranked Choice Voting system for the Primary and Special Elections. Voters will vote for up to 5 candidates in order of preference (1st choice, 2nd choice, etc.). If you would like to just vote for 1 candidate you may still do so, but each candidate may only have one ranking. For more information please contact the New York City Board of Elections.
You can register any time during the year, your form must be delivered or mailed at least 25 days before the next election for it to be effective for that election. Please contact the New York State Board of Elections for specific times and locations.
You may be able to register to vote online! If you are currently in the DMV system you may be able to register and/or update your registration online. You will need:
If you do not have a New York driver's license you can use the paper form to complete your registration.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
Employees are allowed to take off up to 3 hours of work, without loss of pay, to allow for time to vote. You may take the time off at the beginning or end of your working shift, as your employer may designate, or as otherwise mutually agreed.
You must tell your employed no less than two days before Election Day that you plan to take time off to vote.
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting machine systems used in New York are Imagecast, ES&S DS200, ES&S Automark, Shoup Lever Machine and AVM Lever Machine.
Imagecast: the most accessible machine - audio and tactile interfaces, voters can listen to the options over headphones or view an LCD screen with an image of the ballot that can be adjusted for size and contrast. A "Sip-N-Puff" is also available for those voters with limited hand dexterity.
ES&S DS200: a portable electronic voting system that uses an optical scanner to read marked paper ballots and tally the results. These results are tabulated at the polling place and notifications are sent out immediately of any voting errors.
ES&S Automark: a voting machine designed for those that are blind, vision impaired, or another visual disability that would make it hard or impossible for them to make a ballot. Furthermore, the machine provides language assistance to those who speak English as a secondary language or for those who have reading difficulties. This machine is also equipped with the "Sip-N-Puff" voting device.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the voting machine summary of the New York State Board of Elections.